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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 1995

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 2013 2012 2010
267€ +7.7% 248€ -14.2% 289€ +62.4% 178€

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

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Yellow and Bright

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Mineral, Creamy, Citrus, Bread, Herbs and Steely

nose

Refined, Closed, Fresh and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Concentrated, Complex, Good texture, Developing, Light, One-dimensional, Fresh, Firm and Rich

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

I think five bottles of 1995 Krug went down the hatch by the time we sat down to dinner. The 1995 is definitely getting better with age, and it is starting to thicken a bit. It was still rustic yet bready, with nice oil and vitamin flavors, flirting with outstanding (94+).
  • 94p
Some will remember this very good vintage Krug as a farewell vintage for Remy Krug who retired in May 2007. Bright, green yellow and pale colour with rich amount of small bubbles. Persistant and fresh nose delivers green apples, lemon and steely foie gras aromas. Extremely crisp taste with mineral rich mousse. Delicate texture with moderate fruit intensity of green apples and yeasty brioche aromas. Lingering long and very persistent lemony finish being still one-dimensional but very balanced. Although wine is being crisp and fresh now, it has potential to grow much bigger wine in future by 2020.
  • 93p

There is a toasty and strong aroma of autolysis in this champagne that is in accordance with the house’s tradition, along with nuances of vanilla. The taste is rich, well-bodied and perfectly harmonious with aromas of apple, nuts and toast. It lives up to all the expectations of Krug fans. A long, lingering taste and extremely fine structure promises a long life cycle, but there is no reason why this wine could not be enjoyed right now.

  • 96p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

30min

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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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1995  ( Krug )

There is a toasty and strong aroma of autolysis in this champagne that is in accordance with the house’s tradition, along with nuances of vanilla. The taste is rich, well-bodied and perfectly harmonious with aromas of apple, nuts and toast. It lives up to all the expectations of Krug fans. A long, lingering taste and extremely fine structure promises a long life cycle, but there is no reason why this wine could not be enjoyed right now.

5m 12d ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1995  ( Krug )

"I think five bottles of 1995 Krug went down the hatch by the time we sat down to dinner. The 1995 is definitely getting better with age, and it is starting to thicken a bit. It was still rustic yet bready, with nice oil and vitamin flavors, flirting with outstanding (94+)."

1y 11m ago

93p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1995  ( Krug )

","Also high in acidity but I actually liked this better than the 1996 that we had alongside. Creamy, rich, charming with bright fruit balancing off the the acidity. Very clean and focused.""

2y 5m ago

93p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1995  ( Krug )

"Some will remember this very good vintage Krug as a farewell vintage for Remy Krug who retired in May 2007.
Bright, green yellow and pale colour with rich amount of small bubbles. Persistant and fresh nose delivers green apples, lemon and steely foie gras aromas. Extremely crisp taste with mineral rich mousse. Delicate texture with moderate fruit intensity of green apples and yeasty brioche aromas. Lingering long and very persistent lemony finish being still one-dimensional but very balanced. Although wine is being crisp and fresh now, it has potential to grow much bigger wine in future by 2020.
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4y 7m ago

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