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  • Country ranking ?

    3 015
  • Producer ranking ?

    110
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    always
  • Food Pairing

    turbot à la truffe

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The NV Grande Cuvée is absolutely stellar. This is one of the very best Grande Cuvées I can remember tasting. The flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated throughout, all of which make me think the wine will age well for many, many years. Lemon peel, white flowers, crisp pears, smoke and crushed rocks race across the palate in a vibrant, tense Champagne that epitomizes finesse. This release is based on the 2005 vintage and was disgorged in winter 2012/2013. The blend is: 44% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 19% Meunier. Krug ID: 113001.

Score: 94 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 2014

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The Story

Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance - something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.


Every glass of Krug Grande Cuvée is the fruit of many years of craft and patience. The art of blending many years gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique plethora of flavours and aromas, incredible generosity and an absolute elegance that would be impossible to express with the wines of a single year. 

Every year, we recreate from scratch the multitude of facets that form perfect harmony on the palate, no flavour dominating or competing with another; this is the main characteristic of Krug Grande Cuvée. Its myriad aromas make Krug Grande Cuvée the richest of them all. Its true generosity means that everyone can find something in it that stirs their emotions.

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Wine Information

As you taste it, notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise. You may even taste hints of apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, almonds, marzipan, gingerbread, sweet spices and even brioche and honey. You may also notice its exceptional freshness in the mouth, with rich and tangy flavours of lemon and grapefruit enhanced by the subtlety of its fine and elegant bubbles. Krug Grande Cuvée can age beautifully.



 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

111 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Gold and Healthy

ending

Long, Flavorful, Smooth and Bitter

flavors

Vanilla, Toasty, Creamy, Citrus, Bread and Raspberry

nose

Open, Seductive, Fresh and Pure

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Well-structured, Good texture, Youthful, Light, One-dimensional, Rich, Harmonious, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Excellent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Krug Grand Cuvee 163rd Edition – The first of the new ‘editions’ (in the sense that this was the first to display that info on the label), this has 2007 as the base wine. Stonefruit, red berries, bergamot, coffee bean notes. Impeccably balanced with a gentle finish, though great length. The length one expects from Krug, which is surely their hallmark. 96.

  • 96p

This is fantastic. Delicate yet intense nose with slightly toasty, lemony fruit. With time in the glass this becomes progressively more toasty and rich. The palate has lovely crispness and long, minerally, subtly toasty fruit. Almost perfect. Excellent 95/100

  • 95p

The 165th edition is comprised of 127 wines and opens with a beautiful, very clear and delicate bouquet that displays very fine toast, nougat, hazelnut, ripe and dried fruit (raisins), floral and concentrated (and refreshing) citrus fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a generously rich, mature yet fresh, highly finessed and elegant prestige cuvée with a long, complex, tensioned and beautifully mineral finish with tangy citrus flavors. Under perfect storing conditions, the 165ème Édition should gain even more depth and finesse during the next 10 to 15, maybe even 20 years.

  • 93p

Towards lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, minerals, detailed, richer nose, brioche and yeast. Fresh acidity, lively mousse, quite intense, fresh, detailed, nuanced, more focused again, long. 93

  • 93p

Imported by Moet Hennessy USA.  Alcohol 12.5%. This already smells complex with a young aroma of apple. In the mouth this is a youthful wine with assertive bubbles then a very fine mousse. The yellow fruit and gentle baking spices are of good complexity and long duration. **** Now – 2037.

  • 93p

Krug Grande Cuvée 164th Edition charms already now with its charmingly pure elegance but there will be lots more delivered after 10 years of ageing! I recommend to enjoy Grande Cuvées pre-163 Edition for next decade and keep the editions 163 onwards in the cellar for a decade or so.

  • 93p

This was the perfect accompaniment to the wonderful hors d’oeuvres. Great freshness combined with intense citrus and ripe gamey, savoury and honeyed notes. Powerful but very delicate and layered. Really lovely. 94/100

  • 94p

The Grand Cuvee, according to Nicole and Aldo, is the hardest wine to make amongst the lineup because of consistency; that is, to create a wine that maintains the same profile regardless of vintage and vineyards. To do that, the tasting panel tastes 250 base wines over a long period and compiles 4000 tasting notes as a result. The panel then tastes 150 reserve wines (base wines made from past years) before Eric Lebel, the Chef de Caves, proposes 5 blends as candidates for production under the Grand Cuvee label. As a result of this arduous process and aging in the cellar, this champagne pours a deep golden color with pin-sized bubbles and thick long legs. On the nose are copious amounts of lemon custard, apricots, hazelnut oils, honey, leather, brioche, smoky hay and citrus. The palate is generous with a restrained character in both taste and effervescence. Notes of brioche, almonds, white peaches, Meyer lemons, brie, honey and mint dominate the core. Minerality is all the more present too. The finish is very long with a clear cut as the acidity levels maintain the balance. A very masculine wine, and one that is definitely age-worthy. This is even better than the last time I tried it. 94

  • 94p
GRANDE CUVEE. 163rd Edition: Disgorged winter 2014-15. (Based on 2007; plus about 40% of reserve wines. 35 other wines dating back to 1999) ID: 115003. 183 wines from 12 different 12. Finesse driven rich and highly complex nose. Yellow apple, vanilla, Patisserie, peach, very feminine and yet deep and serious. Superb complexity on palate with the same amazing combination of intensity and elegance on palate. Soft mousse and very vinous. Very Krug. Beautiful play of density and acidity in the finish. Candied, caramelized notes and ripe yellow fruit. Great blend of the 183 “elements”. (plots, batches) 92+p
  • 92p
Sharp nose underlying notes of diverse citrus. Notes of dry bay leaves, mild blond tobacco, Nuts.Nice mousse grip, and creaminess softly coating the palate. Medium bodied, dry fruits, dry and fresh. To have with baked or roasted poultry cooked with light cream sauce with mushrooms. Rating: 90Pts
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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Vintage

Inside Information

eRobertParker.com #203
Nov 2012
Antonio Galloni 91 Drink: 2013 - 2020 $118-$442 (169)
The NV Brut Grande Cuvee emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, almonds, pastry and spices. This is a relatively floral, bright Grande Cuvee with fewer of the oxidative qualities that are typical of the house style. According to Krug's ID Code, this bottle is based on the 2004 vintage, which explains the wine's tense, taut personality. Another year or two on the cork will only help the wine gain expressiveness and depth. Today, the Grande Cuvee is quite reticent and not showing the full breadth of its personality. This bottle carries ID Code: 211024. Disgorged: Summer 2011.Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. 

There are no new vintage wines from Krug, but is always interesting to revisit these wines as they develop so much over time. The biggest news at Krug is the addition of ID Codes to the NV wines, which gives readers the opportunity to get more information on the wines (including disgorgement dates) through Krug's website. It would be great to see more of the larger houses follow suit.
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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Grande Cuvée NV (10's)  ( Krug )

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Grande Cuvée NV (10's)  ( Krug )

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

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Grande Cuvée NV (10's)  ( Krug )

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"weekends wines. Comtes rosé 2000 superb and Mouton 78 fabulous "

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"weekly consumption."

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"looooong lunch."

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"Comtes"

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"Nice Krug tasting organized by Moët-Hennessy :) Krug we like. "

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