Krug Grande Cuvee Brut NV


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Region: Champagne, France
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
First Glance:
Complex, iconic NV Prestige Cuvee
96 Points

Krug Grande Cuvee is generally accepted to be the very finest expression of the art of the Champagne blend, and every year the new release is awaited with great anticipation. For a while now, Krug has given its otherwise non-vintage dated Grande Cuvee a number, to allow connoisseurs to recognise the vintage which makes up the base for each release.

This is the 170th edition based on the 2014 vintage, making up 55% of the final blend. The balance is blended from an impressive 195 different reserve wines, from 11 different vintages going back to 1998! The make up of grapes is 51% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay and 11% Meunier, and the wine spent 7 years resting in the cool dark of Krug's cellars.
Certainly one of the most age-worthy and rewarding champagnes on the market, and one that should be on any collectors wish-list.

The Review:
96 Points, Decanter
A lovely ferny nose and breezy seaside raciness. Bright yellow fruit on entry, a flicker of preserved lemon and cooked quince adding vibrancy. Then comes the Krug richness which spreads over the palate. The balance hovers tantalisingly between tactile precision and soft warm fruit and the finish reveals layers of cinnamon-tinctured blancmange, and the creaminess goes on. Rich but light on its feet. A definite buy and a keeper.