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  • Country ranking ?

    955
  • Producer ranking ?

    46
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked Salmon on Cucumber Rounds

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 1985

The year 1985 will be remembered for record-breaking frosts in January, rainy and cold June and from July to the end of the cycle climate was sunny with some periods of heat and storms. The result was a harvest of low yields (normal for Chardonnays and very low for Pinot Noirs) with extremely high quality, remarkable for the balance of its wines. 

Henri Krug, president of the house from 1977 to 2002, considered 1985 as the most difficult year for the recreation of Krug Grande Cuvée due to the strong character of the year.  Krug 1985 today as Krug Collection 1985 has evolved into a Champagne which combines richness and intensity as well as freshness and vitality.  It is a very Krug Champagne!

Together with Krug’s other Champagnes, Krug Collection 1985 has made Krug the world’s best-rated Champagne for years and like all Krug Champagnes, it can age beautifully. Krug Collection 1985 is a blend of broad, concentrated, deep, with lots of fruit aromas wines coming from 30 different growths. Pinot Noirs (48%), Chardonnays (30%) and Meuniers (22%) are at the origin of this very unique and original Champagne remarkable for the balance and quality of its wines. 

 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
582€ -8.1% 633€ -29.1% 893€ +75.8% 508€ +3.7% 490€

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

17 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Gold

ending

Long, Round and Pure

flavors

Apricot, Toasty, Vanilla and Dried-fruit

nose

Intense, Complex, Fresh and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Low alcohol content, Balanced, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Round, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

What followed was supposed to be theoretically the better bottle, the 1985 Krug Collection. This was a recently released bottle, resting all these years until recently in the cellars. It was milky and yeasty with citrus and bread aromas. The palate had more wood but was flatter and surprisingly softer. There was more vanilla and perfume here, but it was less polished and vigorous than usual - was it bottle variation? Bipin found the Collection ‘more exotic,’ but everyone ultimately preferred the original. I think the Collections will age longer, but a lot depends on the date of disgorgement versus release, too (personally, I think ten years in the bottle is required after disgorgement before a bubbly becomes approachable again) (94?).
  • 94p

Collection. Only available at events provided by Roederer. Low dosage 4-5%.

  • 97p
Krug Collection 1985 Powerful and smokey nose with ripe fruit underneath, apples and stone fruit, spices and mushrooms. Round, rich and supple on the palate with an oily touch to the fruit. Mid-palate delivers stone fruit and apples, apricots, ripe citrus, coconut and minerals. Very drinkable with it’s modest acidity today but feel like it has more to give. Not something to put away forever though. Now-2023 95p
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Other wines from this producer

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Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque

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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

Krug Clos du Mesnil

Krug Rosé

Krug Vintage

Private Cuvée

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97p
 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Collection 1985  ( Krug )

Collection. Only available at events provided by Roederer. Low dosage 4-5%.

10m 15d ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Collection 1985  ( Krug )

"What followed was supposed to be theoretically the better bottle, the 1985 Krug Collection. This was a recently released bottle, resting all these years until recently in the cellars. It was milky and yeasty with citrus and bread aromas. The palate had more wood but was flatter and surprisingly softer. There was more vanilla and perfume here, but it was less polished and vigorous than usual - was it bottle variation? Bipin found the Collection ‘more exotic,’ but everyone ultimately preferred the original. I think the Collections will age longer, but a lot depends on the date of disgorgement versus release, too (personally, I think ten years in the bottle is required after disgorgement before a bubbly becomes approachable again) (94?)."

4y 4d ago

95p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Krug Collection 1985  ( Krug )

"Krug Collection 1985

Powerful and smokey nose with ripe fruit underneath, apples and stone fruit, spices and mushrooms.

Round, rich and supple on the palate with an oily touch to the fruit. Mid-palate delivers stone fruit and apples, apricots, ripe citrus, coconut and minerals. Very drinkable with it’s modest acidity today but feel like it has more to give. Not something to put away forever though.
Now-2023
95p"

4y 3m ago

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