There is Champagne; then there is Krug. Krug Grande Cuvée is the timelessly stylish signature of Krug, a breathtaking champagne that effortlessly balances richness and freshness, power and finesse. Out of contrast, harmony – a sensational taste experience.
A gleaming gold colour, an extravagantly expansive bouquet, an almost creamy texture. Then, an explosion of flavours, at once mellow and mature, crisp and clean. Toast – Soft spices – Dried fruit – Candied fruit
Krug Grande Cuvée is the supreme demonstration of the Krug art of blending. No recipe can define its intricate harmony, so every year the Krug family works from taste and memory alone to recreate this most complex of champagnes. Typically, Krug Grande Cuvée is blended from as many as 50 wines from three grape varieties, 20 to 25 growths, and six to ten different years.
Krug Grande Cuvée is the ultimate expression of the Krug style – so much so that all other Krugs may be said to have something of the Grande Cuvée in them. Krug Rosé, for example, takes the spicy notes of the Grande Cuvée to a new peak, while Krug Clos du Mesnil is more mineral. According to Rémi Krug: “If Johann-Joseph Krug tasted today’s Grande Cuvée, he would no doubt say that it was exactly what he dreamt of when he founded Krug in 1843”.
It is composed of 134 parcels from 12 vintages spread between 1990 and 2005, 44% pinot noir, 37% chardonnay and 1% pinot meunier the last always part of Krug, whether NV or vintage. Sheer, absolute perfection, elegance and complexity equally important, flavours ranging from white fruits to nougat cream, exotic spices, toast and brioche. It is the very essence of Champagne, its greatest non-vintage wine. Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday; Wine Companion
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