Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne (169th Edition)
- France, 750ml
A light golden colour and fine, vivacious bubbles, holding a promise of pleasure. Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe, dried and citrus fruits, as well as marzipan and gingerbread. Flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey. This stunning champagne is presented in a beautiful Krug gift box.
- Winery: House of Krug
- Varietal: 43% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 22% Meunier
- Region: Champagne, France
- Vintage: NV - 169th Edition
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: ideal serving temp. 9° - 12°C, contains sulphites
- Food match: Enjoy as an aperitif with Jabugo ham and mature comet, oysters, grilled shrimps, Indian or Moroccan food, desserts (carrot cake, tarte tatin, cheesecake)
Krug Grande Cuvée is born from the dream of one man, Joseph Krug, to craft the very best Champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. Since 1843, the House of Krug has honoured this vision with each new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée: the most generous expression of Champagne.
Krug Grande Cuvée is re-created every year, beyond the notion of vintage and is a blend of over 120 individual wines from more than 10 different years. The fullness or flavours and aromas achieved by this careful art of blending would be impossible to express with the wines of a single year.
This 169th Edition is a blend of 146 wines from 11 different years, the youngest of which is from 2013, while the oldest dates back to 2000.
When Joseph Krug established the Champagne House bearing his name in 1843, driven by his understanding that the true essence of Champagne is pleasure itself, his dream was to craft the very best Champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. He went beyond all known boundaries of Champagne creation, founding a House where all Champagnes would be of the same level of distinction. In 1848, he committed his vision to the pages of his dark cherry personal notebook.
The House of Krug was founded in November 1843, after the harvest of that year. One can therefore assume that the first Krug harvest took place in 1844, around when Joseph Krug composed the first realisation of his dream. Krug Grande Cuvée was born.
The first re-creation of Krug Grande Cuvée – the first Édition – was therefore composed around the harvest of 1845. Every year only once a year a new creation, a sole blend, a unique bottling – thus a new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée – is created. The Édition number is the number of times this act of creation has happened, which also corresponds to the number of years in the House of Krug the founder’s dream has been re-created.
Once crafted, the bottle enters Krug’s cellars to rest for around seven years.
Joseph Krug did not believe in hierarchies between his Champagnes, clearly written in his personal notebook in 1848. Today the House offers seven Champagnes, all of the same undisputed quality, each illustrating a different expression of Nature. The only factor deciding pricing would be rarity. And so it is today.
SIX GENERATIONS LATER…
When Joseph Krug founded the House of Krug in 1843, his dream was to offer the fullest expression of Champagne every year, regardless of variations in climate. With this vision in mind, he went beyond all known boundaries of his time to create a Champagne that did not yet exist – one that still today does not exist outside the House. Today, Olivier Krug, the sixth generation of the Krug family and Director of the House welcomes Krug Lovers from around the world to the Family House in Reims.
"Devoted Krug Lovers have one significant advantage over me: they can recall and describe in minute detail the first time they ever tasted Krug Champagne… a drop of Krug was placed on my lips the day I was born." Olivier Krug
- 97/100 Points - James Suckling
- 97/100 Points - Wilfred Wong
- 96/100 Points - Wine Spectator
- 94/100 Points - Decanter
- 93/100 Points - Cellar Tracker
- 18.5+/20 Points - Jancis Robinson
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