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  • Producer ranking ?

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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon Pâté

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 1982

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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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2005
556€ +10.8% 502€ +3.1% 487€ -16.0% 580€ +13.9% 509€ +167.9% 190€

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

25 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Clear

ending

Medium and Flavorful

flavors

Nutty, Smoky, Creamy, Coffee, Toasty and Honey

nose

Mature, Refined, Complex and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Light, Rich, Round, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Excellent and Impressive

Written Notes

The Cardinal pulled one last Champagne out of his bag, a fantastic 1982 Krug. It was clean, lemony and zippy. This was a full-bodied, masterful Krug, on the bigger side and in the category of 1988 and 1996, as far as the younger ones go. It was bready as in the biggest loaf around, a behemoth to behold (96).
  • 96p

A fascinating bouquet, vanilla, citrus, apple, nutmeg and some earthiness swirl and coalesce. It opens with vivid minerality, lovely structure, lemon laced earth notes, orange peel and some truffles just past the mid palate. It has such gorgeous composure, alluring depth, and great zest, just as you feel it starting to mellow enchantingly. The mousse is a vital caress, and the finish has some of the swagger and sophisticated depth that you associate with some key vintages of Krug. Racy, complex, yeasty apple notes, and a citrusy creaminess pervades the very lightly oxidative, brioche laced, majesty and poise trumpeting finish. 97 Points

  • 97p
A marvellous high quality vintage with biggest crop ever. Compared to the previous year it was three times bigger. Palish straw yellow colour with fine vivid bubbles. Developing, creamy nose with nutty and smokey characters with zesty tinge. Delicate mousse on dry, crispy, light-bodied palate is showing a lemony twist with a delicious finish ofwalnut aromas.
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

Drinking temperature

8

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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97p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

A fascinating bouquet, vanilla, citrus, apple, nutmeg and some earthiness swirl and coalesce. It opens with vivid minerality, lovely structure, lemon laced earth notes, orange peel and some truffles just past the mid palate. It has such gorgeous composure, alluring depth, and great zest, just as you feel it starting to mellow enchantingly. The mousse is a vital caress, and the finish has some of the swagger and sophisticated depth that you associate with some key vintages of Krug. Racy, complex, yeasty apple notes, and a citrusy creaminess pervades the very lightly oxidative, brioche laced, majesty and poise trumpeting finish. 97 Points

7m 5d ago

96p
 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"Magnum"

1y 3m ago

95p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"A marvellous high quality vintage with biggest crop ever. Compared to the previous year it was three times bigger. Palish straw yellow colour with fine vivid bubbles. Developing, creamy nose with nutty and smokey characters with zesty tinge. Delicate mousse on dry, crispy, light-bodied palate is showing a lemony twist with a delicious finish ofwalnut aromas. "

1y 9m ago

98p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

""Lees, spices, roasted nuts. Extraordinary and the best Krug I had so far.""

2y 5m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"The Cardinal pulled one last Champagne out of his bag, a fantastic 1982 Krug. It was clean, lemony and zippy. This was a full-bodied, masterful Krug, on the bigger side and in the category of 1988 and 1996, as far as the younger ones go. It was bready as in the biggest loaf around, a behemoth to behold (96)."

4y 7m ago

96p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"Krug 82 was superb in it's bubbles. 90 needs another five to eight years and it will reach even 98-99p."

5y 4m ago

75p
 Antti Korpela, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"Long night, but not bad...8-)"

5y 6m ago

88p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1982  ( Krug )

"15 wines of the greatest Bordeaux vintage of the new era 1982 tasted, not impressed - is it me or the glasses that are not working"

5y 10m ago

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