Krug’s vintage philosophy is to make a statement to reflect the story of the year rather than a creative expression. 2000 follows 1998 because, in Olivier’s words, “1999 was a good year in Champagne but nothing exciting.”Cavill summed it up as “a year of no faults but no story to tell.” 2000, by comparison, has quite a story. The end of 1999 brought the two biggest wind storms in France in the century, blacking out two-thirds of the country on the night before the turn of the millennium. It was a year with little sun but above average temperatures.
At first sight, the beautiful light golden colour promises radiant freshness. The nose begins with an expressive bouquet of ginger, candied citrus and quince, followed by richer notes evoking lemon meringue tart, plum and mirabelle. On the palate, a very balanced Champagne with light notes of brioche and honey giving way to an array of fresh citrus, including oranges, lemons and mandarins, enhanced by a very elegant finish.
Krug leaves other great champagnes in its wake, as it fills the senses to overflowing. A blend of 48% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay and 17% pinot meunier; 12 years on tirage. It has an incredibly complex play between berry fruits and spicy brioche flavours and it's hard to imagine a better structured and balanced wine. Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Rating: 99 Points & Top 100 Wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion
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