1996 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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1996 Krug - Brut Vintage
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International Wine Cellar | 99(+?)

($300) Light gold. Remarkably perfumed nose projects an exotic bouquet of deep, leesy yellow fruit, minerals, honeycomb, smoked meat and flowers, with Asian spices building expanding in the glass. Almost painfully concentrated, offering a surreal parade of orchard and pit fruits, smoked meat, toasted brioche and marrow braced by intensely salty, stunningly incisive minerality. Imagine a Frankenstein's monster of Chablis Le Clos and Clos Ste. Hune-but one with perfect balance, of course-and you get an idea of what I found in my bottle. The energetic, stony character builds exponentially on the finish, which didn't seem to, well, finish. The best analogy I can come up with for the intensity, focus and clarity of this Champagne is liquefied barbed wire. Utterly hallucinatory and one of the most amazing wines I've ever been fortunate enough to drink. At the risk of sounding completely out of touch with reality, this is a value. (Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Quite a bit of development on the nose of this bottle and then notable 1996 acidity on the finish. Just a slight lack of weight in the middle and a very dry finish. (JR)

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 97

The 1996 Vintage explodes from the glass with heady aromas that lead to a richly-textured expression of fruit. There is superb depth and richness, as endless layers of candied apricots, quince, pears, spices and toasted nuts continue to emerge from the glass. Later on, notes of almonds and lemon peel make an appearance, adding further complexity. This powerful, remarkably complete Champagne offers tremendous balance and the potential to continue to develop in bottle for two decades, if not considerably longer. Those fortunate enough to own this wine should be thrilled!

Drink Dates: 2010-2026
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 180

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Richard Juhlin | 94

A wine from the foremost vintage from the foremost producer can of course not be other than fantastically good. It is however easy to be disappointed when expectations have been raised too high. I was offered my first bottle of this stately but immature wine by the Danish wine-loving couple Peter and Torun Kirk during an unforgettable dinner at their villa in Copenhagen. We drank it side by side with an absolutely wonderful bottle of 1988 Krug that out-classed the 96 in the degree of pure pleasure. It must however be said that the 96 is going to be a heroic wine though it still has a very long time to go yet. It is reminiscent of the 28 and also partly of the 61 in its compact costume and with its youthfully peevish acid. A monumental construction still at the model stage. Store!!!!

Author: Richard Juhlin


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Wine Spectator | 99

A powerful, majestic Champagne. Deep and compelling, with aromas of wholegrain toast, coconut and dried citrus. Lean and racy on the palate, with a creaminess that's yet to be integrated. A classic '96, with ripe, exotic aromas and a steely structure. Still a baby, with the long, resonant finish confirming its potential.

Drink Dates: 2009-2040
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Issue: Wine Spectator's Advance

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Score: 96
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/23/2014
Score: 95
Author: johnswu
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/02/2013
Consumer @ oto-oto in Monrovia. Bottle popped with a nice fresh sound, and the aroma of citrus biscuit filled the table. Bubbles were still very present. Easy drinker.
Score: 95
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/04/2011
excellent but too young
Score: 96
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/08/2010
Score: 99
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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About This Producer


Krug Champagnes are famous for their rich, nutty, elegant and extremely food-friendly nature. Founded in 1843 by German immigrant Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has since been run by many generations of the Krug family, and the general style of the champagne has evolved along with that progression. Depending on the blend, a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is used, and fermentation takes place in small French oak barriques. Aging can run anywhere from five to seven years on lees, and in the case of the Collection series, as much as fifteen to twenty years.

Krug's most prestigious wine is its vintage Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) from the grand cru vineyard site Clos du Mesnil.

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