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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.
The year 1985 will be remembered for record-breaking frosts in January, rainy and cold June and from July to the end of the cycle climate was sunny with some periods of heat and storms. The result was a harvest of low yields (normal for Chardonnays and very low for Pinot Noirs) with extremely high quality, remarkable for the balance of its wines.
Henri Krug, president of the house from 1977 to 2002, considered 1985 as the most difficult year for the recreation of Krug Grande Cuvée due to the strong character of the year. Krug 1985 today as Krug Collection 1985 has evolved into a Champagne which combines richness and intensity as well as freshness and vitality. It is a very Krug Champagne!
Together with Krug’s other Champagnes, Krug Collection 1985 has made Krug the world’s best-rated Champagne for years and like all Krug Champagnes, it can age beautifully. Krug Collection 1985 is a blend of broad, concentrated, deep, with lots of fruit aromas wines coming from 30 different growths. Pinot Noirs (48%), Chardonnays (30%) and Meuniers (22%) are at the origin of this very unique and original Champagne remarkable for the balance and quality of its wines.
Severe winter temperatures and spring frosts did great damage, leaving many in the region unhopeful of a good year. The destruction was excessive especially in the northern Montagne de Reims, in the hillside vineyards west of Reims and in the Aube. The early summer weather did not raise the hopes, but finally fine September weather came to the rescue and yields ended up being better than feared (albeit tiny, 6,827 kg/ha) when picking commenced on September 30th. Champagnes from 1985 are typically beautifully balanced and intense with great length and character that is still improving today. Dom Pérignon, Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie and Blanc des Millénaires, Krug Vintage and Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque excelled, to name a few.
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