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1996 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml
1996 Krug - Brut Vintage
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1996 Krug - Brut Vintage
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Professional Reviews

IWC
99(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($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)

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JR
18

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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)

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WA
97

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 180

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!

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RJ
94

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

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!!!!

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WS
99

Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson Issue: Wine Spectator's Advance

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.

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Community Reviews

96

RDV Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 05/23/2014

95

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.

95

Mark Fox Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 05/04/2011

excellent but too young

96

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 11/08/2010

99

dave1161 Trust Rating: 14 Tasted On: 12/24/2008

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

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