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  • Country ranking ?

    64
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Pea Soup with Foie Gras

The Story

Time’s second revelation of Krug Vintage. A very limited number of bottles of each Krug Vintage are kept in ideal conditions at the House of Krug cellars. Tasted and appraised, they are waiting to blossom into a second life, a life that exalts time and reveals a new facet of this Champagne. Krug Vintage thus becomes Krug Collection. Time then takes on a new, hitherto unknown meaning.

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Vintage 1947

The world’s best wine vintage – 1947?

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947. 

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygienic cellars that had no artificial cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperature down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks. 

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

In Champagne, the vintage was outstanding. The heat wave lead to very early harvest. The yields were however smaller than on average year. 

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Average Bottle Price

2012 2010 2000
12 833€ -0.9% 12 954€ +906.5% 1 287€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Gold and Bright

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Vanilla, Toasty, Smoky, Mineral, Truffles and Chocolate

nose

Intense, Opulent and Generous

taste

Balanced, Complex, Good texture, Full-bodied, Focused and Perfumed

Verdict

Well-rounded and Impressive

Written Notes

Oh yes! So this is how great it is! One of the most impressive champagnes I have come across. A perfect bottle overflowing with the rich, exotic lustre of golden fruits and spices from the Far East. Has a place in the team of most people's dreams!

  • 98p
That’s what I have tried to do, live wine and love wine, and Champagne is always a good place to start. And so we began with a spectacular 1947 Krug Collection magnum. There were only four possible people in the world that would have brought this out of magnum, and Wolfgang was still in Europe. Three of the others were at this dinner, but Big Boy will get the credit. What an incredible magnum this was, possessing a great nose full of creamy vanilla fruit and sex. The King of Champagne (one of Big Boy’s many aliases) was already finding ‘tertiary’ aromas. This was a rich, long, round and delicious magnum, with just enough fizz to make it more interesting than the most interesting man in the world. I mean, obviously the guy would drink fine wine, right? The bar had been set high, early (98M).
  • 98p
Good looking normal size bottle, is in a good condition and level is 4cm ullage below the cork. Colour is gold, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is intense, mature, opulent and generous. The taste is perfumed, focused, full-bodied, with complex, good texture and balanced structure. On the palate it is layered and has dried-fruit, truffles, vanilla, tropical fruits, toasty, smoky, mineral and chocolate flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is wonderful and impressive. I paid around 3k-5k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 5-10€ years and decant at least 15min before tasting.
  • 96p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

20min

Drinking temperature

8

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Krug Collection 1947  ( Krug )

Oh yes! So this is how great it is! One of the most impressive champagnes I have come across. A perfect bottle overflowing with the rich, exotic lustre of golden fruits and spices from the Far East. Has a place in the team of most people's dreams!

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Collection 1947  ( Krug )

"That’s what I have tried to do, live wine and love wine, and Champagne is always a good place to start. And so we began with a spectacular 1947 Krug Collection magnum. There were only four possible people in the world that would have brought this out of magnum, and Wolfgang was still in Europe. Three of the others were at this dinner, but Big Boy will get the credit. What an incredible magnum this was, possessing a great nose full of creamy vanilla fruit and sex. The King of Champagne (one of Big Boy’s many aliases) was already finding ‘tertiary’ aromas. This was a rich, long, round and delicious magnum, with just enough fizz to make it more interesting than the most interesting man in the world. I mean, obviously the guy would drink fine wine, right? The bar had been set high, early (98M)."

3y 8m ago

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