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Krug Grande Cuvee Brut N.V. [375 mL HALF-BOTTLE] (Champagne, France) - [WS 97] [JH 97] [RP 94] [ST 94] [W&S 94] [CG 92] [WE 91]
Krug Grande Cuvee Brut N.V. [375 mL HALF-BOTTLE] (Champagne, France) - [WS 97] [JH 97] [RP 94] [ST 94] [W&S 94] [CG 92] [WE 91]


 


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Winery: Krug
Varietal: Sparkling White Champagne Blend
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: N.V.
Bottle Size: 375 mL

Product Code: KRUGGRANDECUVEE-H-W

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Notes From The Winemaker:

"Krug Grande Cuvée is as a symphony, a composition where the instruments all play together, complementing each other in total harmony." -Henri Krug.

The flagship of the house, Grande Cuvée is imposing in character from the first moment in the glass. The "birth" of Krug Grande Cuvée, through its first fermentation exclusively in small oak casks, ensures the unique personality and dimension that is the Krug Style. The composition of the "cuvée" is a stunning mosaic of flavors where the three champagne grapes, 20-25 growths and 6-10 different years, combine to give Krug Grande Cuvée its complexity, elegance and consistency year after year, blend after blend.

To maintain this consistency, Krug reserves a large selection of unblended still wines from previous vintages blending them with the youngest crop to create a fully balanced taste. These "reserve" wines may represent between a third and a half of the cuvée.

The bouquet is wonderfully creamy, leading to magical combination of weight and balance on the palate. The long, lingering finish is both nutty and toasty, ending with a final flourish of freshness, leaving one longing for more.


Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
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. From France." —A.N. (Sep 25, 2013)

97 Points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion:
"I freely concede that it’s impossible there could have been any change in winemaking that would have filtered through into the Krug Grande Cuvée after Krug was acquired by LVMH, but the wines seemed fresher (and better). I hasten to add the wine is as imperiously complex, rich and mouthfilling as ever, a blend of more than 100 parcels of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier spanning eight to 10 vintages that spends six years on lees prior to disgorgement. It has a fascinating squeaky acidity that is a chord providing the ultimate harmony and balance of a truly superb wine."

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
I’ve always loved the bold, oxidative, exotically spiced style of Krug’s “multi-vintage” entry level superstar. The nose alone is worth savouring with its mouth-wateringly fresh baked apple pie and marzipan scents. The palate is rich, full-flavoured and very crisp with a wonderful combination of brioche, stone fruit and mineral flavours providing layers of complexity. Very well balanced and ready to drink though with enough concentration to cellar for another decade or so. Very long finish. Tasted October 2008. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Jan 2009)

94 Points -
Stephen Tanzer's Internationlal Wine Cellar:
Light yellow-gold. Fresh orchard fruits, lemon and toasty lees on the fragrant nose. Tightly coiled but deep in pear, quince and candied lemon flavors, with smoke and anise notes building with air. Shows an intriguing blend of richness and vivacity, finishing with strong cut and impressive smoky persistence. This bottling isn't likely to quell the dismay of Krug fanatics who sense a change of style at the house favoring finesse over power, but there's absolutely nothing wimpy about this Champagne. - Josh Raynolds (Dec '11)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
On the nose, dried apples and yeast notes are drenched in the rich aromas of clarified butter and malt; in the mouth, expect tons of mousse and a full mouthfeel, plus concentrated, dry fruit flavors (especially pear). Finishes long, with smoldering toast and vanilla flavors. "Very solid stuff," wrote one taster. Worthy of a very special occasion. — J.C. (12/15/2001)

92 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine:
Is it too old or just right? Very few sparkling wines of any stripe are as complex as the Krug Grande Cuvée, a blending of old and young into a layered, toasty, nutty, subtly ripe apple aroma with hints of French Roast all tied to a refined yet fully charged set of bubbles. Rich, creamy, almost fleshy for the breed, this latest version is both a dream come true for lovers of aged Champagne and a challenge for folks who prefer a lighter, brisker, more citrusy style.
Reviewed: December 2008




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