NV Krug - Grande Cuvee 750ml

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International Wine Cellar | 94

(L1D211024): Bright yellow-gold. Expressive, toasty bouquet of poached pear, white peach and orange zest, with toasted nut and anise nuances adding complexity. Dry and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard fruit, buttered toast and ginger flavors that gain weight with air. Shows a suave blend of richness and tension, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering smoke, nut and gingerbread flavors. I'll bet that this Champagne will be even better with another five to ten years of bottle age.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 10122

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Wine Advocate | 93

Oddly, the most consistent Krug wine I have been tasting lately is their non-vintage Brut Grand Cuvee, a big, boldly styled Champagne with smoky, earthy, pear, apple, and spicy aromas as well as flavors, loads of effervescence, and fine body and depth.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Richard Juhlin | 93

Krug's nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a "multi-vintage." Strangely enough, this exceptional wine is one of the Champagnes I've drunk on the greatest number of occasions-more than ninety times, in fact. Almost every time, some new element is revealed. Because it's been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvee has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I've given here. Little bit less impressive lately. I thought it was just bad luck, but it seams like the wine has lost a bit of magic. I am crying!

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | 97

This is all about balance and the integration of power and finesse, with finely honed acidity supporting flavors of quince paste, dried black cherry, spun honey and candied orange zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut, coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom resonate on the finish. Hard to stop sipping.

Drink Dates: 2013-2028
Author: Alison Napjus


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Score: 93
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Light to medium golden color. Aromas of some green apple and almonds. Just starting to show its age. Big expansive flavors of apples and nuts, with bright acidity. This is a big and rich wine that possesses a very long finish. Still tasting the flavors 30-60+ seconds after it has departed the mouth. Still lots of life ahead.
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Author: mleexxxx
Tasted On: 02/09/2014
No surprise !
Score: 96
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/25/2013
Needs more time to sleep
Score: 93
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/09/2013
dark blackberry and cedar. Not as sumptuous and elegant as the j. davies diamond mountain but a great wine.
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Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/18/2013
old bottle. not fresh

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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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