NV Krug - Grande Cuvee 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: g4shay
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/11/2015
Gorgeous; subtle elegant mousse with fresh-baked croissant, spring flowers,lemon-creme, baked apples.

Rating: 94
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/10/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2022
Popped and drank over 3 hours as part of a Champagne tasting. This bottle was purchased in 2007, prior to the Krug ID, so can't pinpoint the age of the wines in this cuvee, but safe to say that most of the vintages in this bottle from the 90s. On both the nose and palate, this wine displayed more richness and power than other Champagnes in the lineup. Assuming that much of the wine in this bottle is 20+ years old, this Krug Grande Cuvee still maintained lots of freshness and energy ... and just now starting to pick-up just a hint of secondary flavors such as roasted nuts. For me, this wine is at its peak of enjoyment, but should last another 5-7 years.

Rating: 93
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/03/2015
Drink Dates: 2011-2019
From a purchase in 2007. Cont'd development in bottle with a light amber color; still vigorous and crisp. Nice aroma of lemon & tropical fruit; Clean, complex, & elegant on the palate; med.-rich with some creamy/yeastiness but less than typical of Krug. Long elegant finish. It has shown a slow increase in maturity and expansion of flavor with a more caramelized/toasty/yeastiness in the 8 years since I purchased it. Despite being "NV", this requires a minimum of 4-5+ years in bottle to reach its potential.

Rating: 92
Author: Awanderer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/19/2015

Rating: 92
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/06/2015

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

5308 bottles owned by 1289 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.

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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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