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The magnum we opened now was outwardly in perfect condition. The host of the evening, Ralf Frenzel, had bought three cases of this close to divine champagne direct from Henri Krug some ten years earlier. The wine was youthful and its fill level first class. Decanted 10 minutes. Retained its best qualities in glass for approximately 45 minutes.
In our opinion, this is one of the best 1970s Krugs, with only the 1979 vintage reaching the same level. When we had the chance to taste the same vintage a few months ago, the experience was different. True, then it was an ordinary vintage bottling in a normal-size bottle. Although the wine was the same in both cases, the recorking had been made 16 years later, to the benefit of the Collection. The 1973 Collection opened now had a clearly more youthful and fuller feel.
Light golden colour. Small bubbles moving slowly in tight strings. Really elegant, multidimensional nose with hints of nut, toffee, mint and vanilla. Really full and dense mouthfeel. As if you were enjoying velvety smooth thick cream blended with light toffee and layers of tropical fruit – a very intensive and pure taste experience. The broad mousse with a wide scope caressed the palate gently and peacefully. Refined, long aftertaste. A balanced and noble champagne.
Time’s second revelation of Krug Vintage. A very limited number of bottles of each Krug Vintage are kept in ideal conditions at the House of Krug cellars. Tasted and appraised, they are waiting to blossom into a second life, a life that exalts time and reveals a new facet of this Champagne. Krug Vintage thus becomes Krug Collection. Time then takes on a new, hitherto unknown meaning.
Krug Collection 1973 Magnum
Krug is known for very pricey and high-quality vintage champagnes they mature in their cellars for 6–10 years before recorking and introducing in the market. Krug Collection is a series of their best old vintages stored in the estate's own cellars for 15–40 years until their "second life" begins. The bottles are then given numbered metal plates and sold in very small quantities.
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