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    4 461
  • Producer ranking ?

    89
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

Unique to the House of Krug, every Krug Vintage is crafted to be different, to reveal the expression of a particular year. A year with character, a year with a special story to tell in a way that Krug alone can relate. To narrate this story, Krug has blended very expressive wines from a single year, enhanced by a stay of over ten years in the cellars. Krug Vintage is the story of a year as seen by Krug; there are as many stories as there are Krug Vintages.

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Vintage 1975

For many people, there are champagnes and then there is Krug; that is how legendary this house is. Established in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has for six generations admirably stuck to its quality principles, to its generous burnt style and to its fabulous ageing potential. After the retirement of the fifth-generation brothers Henri and Rémi Krug, the house has been looking for its place within the LVMH Group. After two years at the company’s helm, Margareth Henriquez has found a direction and new winds are blowing through Krug, in the form of a more open-minded outlook. An excellent example is the idea implemented by Henriquez of equipping bottles with an easy-to-read ID that indicates the wine’s age and corking date.
The winemaking team, led by sixth-generation family representative Olivier Krug, is youthful. Cellar master Eric Lebel believes that a wine is always better made by a team than by an individual, therefore both Henri and Rémi Krug are still involved in the blending.
Krug vinifies each batch of grapes separately in small oak barrels. Annually the house produces 200-250 different wines, which is a huge quantity compared to its size. This gives the winemakers an enviable palette to work from when considering the final blends. Krug’s treasures include extensive stocks of earlier reserve wines, some of them 15 years old.
In contrast with other houses, Krug begins its series with the luxury blend. Rémi Krug would always bristle if someone mistakenly called the Krug Grande Cuvée non-vintage: “Krug is not non-anything! The Grand Cuvée is multi-vintage, a blend of fine wines from several years.” Other cuvées are like “pinpoints in the Krug universe”. The single-vineyard wines, the 100 per cent Chardonnay Clos du Mesnil and the 100 per cent Pinot Noir Clos d’Ambonnay, provide a key to understanding Krug. After Henri and Rémi Krug first produced the Clos du Mesnil vineyard champagne in 1979, they began searching for a counterpart. After nearly twenty-five years they found it in Clos d’Ambonnay, and its first vintage, 1995, was launched in 2007.
Vintage Krugs are classics that leave room for the special characteristics of each year. The Collection series gives old vintages, stored in perfect conditions, a new life in the hands of collectors. Launched in late 2010, the fabulously honeyed 1989 is now at a perfect age for enjoyment. Krug resisted producing rosés for a long time, but the Krug Rosé NV, produced since the mid-1980s, is an enchanting addition to the Krug series with its vinous baked quality.

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Tasting note

color

Full, Gold and Clear

ending

Short and Metallic

flavors

Vegetal, Mint, Earthy, Floral and Citrus

nose

Intense, Opulent, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Mature, Light, Weak, Harmonious, Vigor, Ripe, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Fine and Poor

Written Notes

A clear, medium-intensity golden yellow colour. No bubbles. An extremely well developed and unusual rustic nose, whose floral, root and barnyard notes bring to mind a mature Pinot Noir. Dry, light mouthfeel; no mousse. A mere suggestion of mint changes to lemon and metal in the short finish. This particular wine has unfortunately begun its decline and is no longer very enjoyable. The wine's surprisingly developed appearance and unusual nose hint at the poor condition of this specific bottle. The shortness and metallicness of the palate confirm our suspicions. I have enjoyed better Krugs from the same year that were still in good shape, so wines that are still in their proper condition could still have years of potential. Not decanted. Lasts 20 minutes in the glass.
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque

Grande Cuvée

Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

Krug Clos du Mesnil

Krug Collection

Krug Rosé

Private Cuvée

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1975  ( Krug )

"A clear, medium-intensity golden yellow colour. No bubbles. An extremely well developed and unusual rustic nose, whose floral, root and barnyard notes bring to mind a mature Pinot Noir. Dry, light mouthfeel; no mousse. A mere suggestion of mint changes to lemon and metal in the short finish. This particular wine has unfortunately begun its decline and is no longer very enjoyable. The wine's surprisingly developed appearance and unusual nose hint at the poor condition of this specific bottle. The shortness and metallicness of the palate confirm our suspicions. I have enjoyed better Krugs from the same year that were still in good shape, so wines that are still in their proper condition could still have years of potential. Not decanted. Lasts 20 minutes in the glass. "

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