International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95($250) Light yellow. Rich and powerful, with leesy pear and white truffle aromas accented by gentle notes of white pepper and cinnamon. Extremely powerful Krug, with rich orchard fruit flavors, a velvety texture and warm, rich, inviting notes of brioche and creme brulee Finishes with intense pear and peach flavors and lingering notes of smoke, iodine and toffee. One of the most concentrated Champagnes I tried this year. (Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY)Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 98A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored by a precise structure and creamy texture. Its structure keeps it persistent through the long finish. A picture of precision and intensity. 1,700 cases imported.Author: Bruce Sanderson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Pale straw.ÿ Rather languid bead.ÿ Firm, almost vegetal nose with judt a hint of lemon cream.ÿ Dense and tight knit.ÿ Uncompromisngly dry and still pretty tight.ÿ Very long. It's all on the finish, like some great white burgundies. Wonderfully long. ÿ But I would still ideally wait for this to unwind further.ÿ It is slowly opening out from the tense state in which it was released...Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 1995 Vintage provides a fascinating contrast to the 1996. This is a tightly wound, sinewy Champagne loaded with brioche, toasted oak, lemon rind, flowers and minerals. The mousse is extremely fine and the style decidedly more linear and fresh than the 1996. Though deceptively medium-bodied in style, the wine appears to be built for extended cellaring.Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 98Author: dave1161
Self | Rating: 90Author: taipanli
Self | Rating: 94Author: Mike N296
Self | Rating: 95Author: GW
Self | Rating: 95Drank in 2006. Lovely delicous creamy champagne that still needs lots of time to unfold. 'Brooding, masculine flavors that have yet to integrate, but this will be a beauty in 2008.Drink Dates: 2008-2030Author: Reed D
Self | Rating: 94drinking a tad bright but still excellentAuthor: Kiki
Self | Rating: 94Full bodied and quite dry. Some cashew on the palate, a little bit of yeast in the nose.Drink Dates: 2017-2030Author: John Yoyodyne
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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Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing , , and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile.
Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.
Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: , , and . contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.
Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of , , , and .Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 2212 bottles owned
- 327 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 327 collectors)