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  • Country ranking ?

    948
  • Producer ranking ?

    92
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2022-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Carpaccio of Scallops with Koroneiki olive oil, a Breton blue lobster roasted in butter & langoustine wok with yuzu

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The Story

The 167th creation of their legendary non-vintage is based on the 2011 harvest. A rather unusual year, 2011 began with atypically high temperatures during spring, which resulted in early flowering. The cold and wet weather that followed slowed the growth cycle somewhat, however the harvest still kicked off incredibly early: the second earliest since 1822.
With immense quality, this Grande Cuvee is complex, beautifully balance and delicious. The month feel is focus, delicate and very stylish, “stands out for fitness, rather than powerful”, as Alison Napjus from Wine Spectator when she tasted and rated this Champagne with high 95 points back in August, 2019.
 
Krug Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition

  • Including 120+ different base wines, a blend of 10 vintages dating back to 1995. .
  • The reserve wine content is an impressive 42% – the joint highest percentage of any previous Grande Cuvée blend.
  • Long production time, each bottle requires 20 years in the making
  • Krug made much smaller quantities of Grande Cuvée in the years following the crash; therefore limited quantities of Grande Cuvée  Edition 167 NV are available.
  • Bright and vivacious on the palate;  hazelnut, complex blend of apple with a delightfully honeyed finish, The typical Grande Cuvée: pure, full-bodied and nice broad-shouldered.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Yellow

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Bread, Apricot, Toasty, Smoky, Mineral and Citrus

nose

Youthful, Pure, Complex and Fresh

taste

High in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Focused, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

’Krug’s nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a “multi-vintage.” Strangely enough, this exceptional wine is one of the Champagnes I’ve drunk on the greatest number of occasions—more than 200 times, in fact. Almost every time, some new element is revealed. Because it’s been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here. Little bit less impressive lately. I thought it was just bad luck, but it seams like the wine has lost a bit of magic. I am crying!’  RJ 92(94)

  • 92p

A rich and dense Champagne with complexity and decadence, in a fresh and agile way. Very driven and energetic with praline, cooked apples and hints of honey. Some bread dough, but subtle and vivid. Very tight and focused. Racy and direct. Bright edition. Very fine textured. Youngest wine in the blend is 2011.

  • 97p

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals, chalky, detailed, nuanced nose, firm. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, minerals, focused, detailed, nuanced, lively, refreshing, long. Youngest 2011, oldest 1995. 95

  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is yellow and light. On the nose it is open, intense, youthful, complex, refined, fresh and pure. The taste is focused, fresh, elegant, vivid, toasty, firm, refined, and dry, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with perfectly balanced, concentrated, well-structured, complex, well-integrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has apricot, mineral, toasty, white fruits, citrus, bread and smoky flavours. The finish is long, lingering, pure and vibrant. This wine is intelligent and sophisticated. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 15min before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 93p
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Drinking temperature

7-9C

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