Krug Grande Cuvee

“For me, Krug is more than a Champagne. It is a word that stands for artistry, tradition, craftsmanship, and moments of pure pleasure…

If the opportunity arises, never miss the chance to drink a Krug!” Richard Juhlin

 

In an exciting new move from Maison Krug, every bottle of Grande Cuvée produced henceforth will carry an ‘edition’ number which clarifies the year on which the Champagne is based.

The first official release of this new, numbered Krug Grande Cuvée will soon be available and carry the number 163; it is the 163rd iteration of Grande Cuvée produced since the House was founded and based on the superb 2007 vintage.

A blend of 183 wines spread across 12 different years, this new ‘Edition 163’ contains reserve wines going back to 1990 and has been maturing slowly for more than 8 years in the Maison’s cellars – and yet it is still a baby in Krug terms.It is magic straight off the bat but we cannot tell you how valuable it is to have some stashed away, gaining intensity, richness and complexity. This is already one of the most rewarding wines you can drink and a few extra years just improve the experience exponentially; with the new edition numbering making it considerably easier to track and know exactly which iteration (and thus age) of Krug you are drinking, we expect Grande Cuvée to become even more collectable and desirable.

As you will know by now we are sincere acolytes of the wines of Krug. There is very little in the world of Champagne that compares with Krug Grande Cuvée, whether it be in terms of quality, ageability, ambition, or indeed value. It might seem odd to describe a wine just below GBP 100 per bottle In Bond as good value, but the reality is that it most certainly is.The complexity required to make a completely consistent, multi-vintage blend which reaches the highest standards, year after year, is enormous; in fact, one might consider it an almost futile undertaking. Thank goodness for us that founder Joseph Krug was not so pragmatic for we would not have the complete, utter and unfailing joy that comes with every single bottle of Grande Cuvée.

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Richard Juhlin
96

(2007-base)

This exceptional wine is one of the Champagnes I've drunk on the greatest number of occasions—more than 200 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. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony.


- Richard Juhlin

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