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  • Country ranking ?

    1 982
  • Producer ranking ?

    70
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Caramelised scallops with pineapple

The relatively mild winter with alternate dry and rainy periods was marked by a violent tornado, which struck in early winter, on 26 December 1999. A hail-free but rather rainy spring led to later budding than usual, but with sustained growth. Full bloom took place during the first fortnight of June 2000, and mildew appeared early that year.

On 2nd July a hailstorm of almost unprecedented violence and extent fell on nearly 4,000 hectares, representing some 13% of the appellation’s total area. The hailstones, some the size of a pigeon's egg, partially or totally destroyed the Pinot Noir grape crops north of the Montagne de Reims. A milder summer ensued, but still with some storms, thus leading to the feeling and hope that there would be a good harvest.

The first grapes were cut on 11 September 2000, and the harvest ended on 25 September. Despite the year’s minor problems, the terroir displayed the potential for a good harvest, due to the large size of the grapes. After various tasting sessions, we decided on an assemblage of the Trépail and Villers-Marmery (Chardonnay) plots where the notes of ripe citrus fruits would brace the great white grape varieties from various plots of Avize and Mesnil. We had a strong feeling that these whites needed to be tamed.

The base structure of this assemblage is very close to a great classic for the House of Krug with grapes coming from a number of well known plots of  Ambonnay, Bouzy and Ay, the great Pinot Noir from the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. This blend would be unfinished without the presence of our Saint Gemme and Villevanard Meunier grapes, always present in our cuvees.

The final arrangement chosen for this assemblage offers a fine balance between the Pinot Noir (42%) and Chardonnay grapes (43%), with 15% of Pinot Meunier providing the final touch.

 

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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 2000

Krug 2000 is rich, precise, complex and indulgent. The House of Krug wanted to create a vintage for the last year of the millennium, based on the unusual and climatically chaotic season. Known as Gourmandise Orageuse (Stormy Indulgence) this vintage brings together the complexity and the generosity of a very exciting year. Krug 2000 is one of the most intense, dramatic and romantic Krug Vintages ever made. It also has a very high ageing potential.

 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014
231€ -4.5% 242€

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, Straw and Bright

ending

Long, Vibrant and Flavorful

flavors

Vanilla, Toasty, Cedar, Honey, Mineral and Truffles

nose

Open, Fresh, Refined and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Concentrated, Balanced, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Round, Focused, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Fine and Exotic

Written Notes

Lovely intense style, lots of complexity. Still bright with lemon, spices, nuts. Alluring perfumes. Has a delightful crystalline lemon character. Still offering a tight structure, balanced and concentrated. Bright acidity. Great length, very fine and a hint of chalk on the finish. Has a very good future.
  • 95p

A blend of 42% pinot noir, 43% chardonnay and 15% meunier, this champagne pours a lighter gold color and thinner legs than those of the 2003. The nose is complex and heady driven by minerality and citrus. There are supporting notes of tropical fruits, granny smith apples, fresh cut grass and aloe. In fact, there are even whiffs of saline ocean air, almost like fishy smells, to it as well. On the palate, the structure is definitely thinner than that of the 2003. Nonetheless, the creamy mousse is still present with a bready character and a lightness to it. Notes of nori, smoked salmon, cider, toast, and citrus oils dominate the palate. Towards the end, the champagne yields a clean cut and a somewhat more restrained smoky scent than that of the 2003. Nonetheless, there is a raciness and balance to it like a great Montrachet. Although somewhat acidic now, this will age well and develop into a more balanced champagne marked by concentration, finesse and lightness. 95

  • 95p
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Minerals, apples, lemons, pears, nuts, brioche, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, lively mousse, playful, detailed, apples, minerals, nuts, brioche, smooth and detailed, nuanced, elegant and refined, very long.
  • 96p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

6

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Inside Information

Krug 2000 could be enjoyed with caramelised scallops with pineapple, spicy sauces, rich gravies, squab, confit of vegetables or citrus fruits, sweet-and-sour sauces and even spices. Excellent with desserts containing roasted fruits (bananas, peaches, citrus fruits).

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95p
 Michael Chan, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

A blend of 42% pinot noir, 43% chardonnay and 15% meunier, this champagne pours a lighter gold color and thinner legs than those of the 2003. The nose is complex and heady driven by minerality and citrus. There are supporting notes of tropical fruits, granny smith apples, fresh cut grass and aloe. In fact, there are even whiffs of saline ocean air, almost like fishy smells, to it as well. On the palate, the structure is definitely thinner than that of the 2003. Nonetheless, the creamy mousse is still present with a bready character and a lightness to it. Notes of nori, smoked salmon, cider, toast, and citrus oils dominate the palate. Towards the end, the champagne yields a clean cut and a somewhat more restrained smoky scent than that of the 2003. Nonetheless, there is a raciness and balance to it like a great Montrachet. Although somewhat acidic now, this will age well and develop into a more balanced champagne marked by concentration, finesse and lightness. 95

5m 12d ago

96p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Minerals, apples, lemons, pears, nuts, brioche, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, lively mousse, playful, detailed, apples, minerals, nuts, brioche, smooth and detailed, nuanced, elegant and refined, very long. "

1y 10m ago

95p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"First time tasted this wine at Krug. :)"

4y 2m ago

92p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"Very layered palate with rich mousse, rounded body, red apples, well-integrated toastiness "

4y 4m ago

95p
 Chef dalTony, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"Already very approachable with aromas brioche, toast, peaches, some ox from oak, vanilla and cinnamon"

4y 6m ago

95p
 Markus Kihlström, Wine Blogger (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"Caramel, truffels, creamy, brioche
Intensive, perfectly balanced, elegant, tempting."

4y 6m ago

91p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 2000  ( Krug )

"Nose: soft, lifted, patisserie

Palate: weighty

In a nutshell: macho

Final verdict: This warm year's style fits Krug perfectly"

4y 10m ago

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