Krug 169ème 'Grande Cuvée', Champagne, France [375ml] Krug ID: 319028
Krug 169ème 'Grande Cuvée', Champagne, France [375ml]
The Greatest Champagne of All Time, composed around the harvest of 2013.
Winemaker: Eric Lebel (Cellar Master for this Edition was Julie Cavil).
Krug Champagne was founded by Josef Krug in 1843 after leaving a prestigious post at another Champagne House. He refused to believe that great champagne could only be made in vintage years, and set out to offer the best champagne every year, regardless of climatic conditions. By selecting specific parcels of fruit within vineyards and vinifying them individually in wood and stainless steel barrels, the winemaker is able to pull together the best possible wines from each vintage to create his final blend.
Grape Varieties: 47% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay, 17% Meunier (42% of the blend is made up of Reserve wines)
Vinification/Oak Usage: Vinified in small neutral oak and stainless steel vessels.
Aging: 6 years on lees, disgorged Summer 2017.
Tasting Notes: A light golden colour and fine, vivacious bubbles, holding a promise of pleasure. Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe, dried and citrus fruits, as well as marzipan and gingerbread. Flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.
Scores: 97 Points, Wine Spectator: "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 now through 2028."
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