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Behind every precious drop of Krug stands the dream of a visionary. One man who, long before others, understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure. So, over 170 years ago, Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision. To create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability. Joseph’s bold experiment proved a triumph and he succeeded in creating Champagne like never before. And like no other Champagne House since. To this day, the House of Krug lives and breathes his enduring philosophy, creating only prestige Champagnes since 1843. 

The House of Krug decided to create a vintage for this particular year and named it “Vivacité Solaire” (Vivacious Radiance) to express the unexpected story of a hot year that surprised Krug with fruit, freshness, balance, expressiveness, vivacity and finesse all at the same time. Each Krug Vintage is crafted to be exceptional and different. Every vintage reveals the expression of a particular year with its distinct character and a special story to tell, captured uniquely by Krug. Each Krug Vintage is a blend of the most expressive wines of the year, enhanced by a stay of over ten years in our cellars.

The 2003 Dom Perignon was derided by many critics who said the year should never have been declared as a vintage. I wonder what they will say about this wine, compared by Krug to its ’59, ’76 and ’89, all hot years like ’03. Yellow gold colour; the bouquet has citrus blossom, honey, brioche and ginger aromas; the glorious palate echoes the bouquet and adds toasted nuts and pink grapefruit. 12.5% alc; cork. Drink to 2028; Price: $449; Rating: 98 points; James Halliday

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