1985 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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WA 96   WS 94   JR 18.5   RJ 92   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 96

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A seductive, fully mature, spicy-flavored Champagne that's rich in texture, full in body, still quite firm in balance and long on the finish. What a satisfying taste experience!

Drink Dates: 1996-1999

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Very rich, broad, mellow nose and then very much drier than expected on the palate. The palate suggests that the wine may have many years ahead of it, though the nose may always be more developed.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 92

Vintage Krug is the yardstick against which all vintage Champagnes are measured. They began selling the '85 in 1994. These majestic wines always require long bottle storage, but the '85 was surprisingly accessible from the start, with its wonderful, elusive nose of smoke, cream, honey, nuts, peaches, and vanilla. The oak character doesn't stand out rather, it is the elegant, velvety soft fruit—particularly Pinot Meunier from Leuvrigny—that is noticeable. Very long aftertaste of vanilla. During the last year of the 1990s the wine hit a clear rut that it still hasn't recovered from. I'm not going to drink my bottles until 2010.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 1

Rating: 98
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/02/2014

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews
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1206 bottles owned by 260 collectors.

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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.

Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Krug (Show #93, 32:01 min 15 MB)

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Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend

Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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