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  • Country ranking ?

    1 780
  • Producer ranking ?

    81
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Caramelised scallops with pineapple

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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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Wine Information

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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Vintage 2000

A warm and wet winter was followed by an equally wet spring. First, in May, came the seri- ous heat, which gave a fast owering around June 14. Chlorosis and mold growth were evi- dent. June and August were hot and dry. But if you were like me, and tried to have a July vaca- tion in Champagne that year, you noticed how cold and rainy it was. The weather was almost as bad as at home, with constant rain and local hailstorms. 

 

Everything looked hopeless, but the good weather during harvest saved a decent amount of fresh grapes. Harvest started on my birthday—September 11—and ended in early October. Chardonnay and pinot meunier did better than the delicate pinot noir. The year will become sought after thanks to their magic number. The quality does not look too fancy yet though. The wines are quite light with short lives. However, it is a very enjoyable moment, with its intense exotic aromas of passion fruit and tangerine. I am delighted to recommend some romantic bottles of the successful pink trio William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, and Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé. 

by Richard Juhlin

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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.

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, Full, Firm, Round, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Fine and Exotic

Written Notes

’Prerelease! A very young and delicate wine that will require long time before you ease the cork. In the current situation extremely mineral-driven and sea-splashed. Iodin, iodine, oyster shells, and small nice bredy tone in the fragrance. Crispy clean and beautiful balanced flavor. Impressive acidity and lvely elegance.’

  • 95p

Krug 2000 (magnum) – Disgorged in 2015. The colour has a note of green olive about it. This is plush, expressive and incredibly long. Lighter than some examples, but exquisite. Great balance. 2000 is proving to be one of those wonderful years in Champagne, which might not excite too many when it is happening but given the passage of time, the glories emerge. For me, 1988 is the ultimate example of that, and 2000 is proving to be another. 98.

  • 98p

Tasted blind wine 6. Touch more colour here than many in the range, this is coffee straight away, quite a mature note but beautifully pure, would seem to be reminiscent of the 1996 on the nose, very creamy here, reminds me of wine 4 (2005 based GC) on the palate, I think this must be older, is it 1995 mag? This has a luxurious feel about it. I have tasted this in 75cl format a couple of years ago it showed well enough but the magnum factor definitely comes through as a winner. 96/100

  • 96p

Beautiful gold colour. Profound, evolving nose with fruity aromas (cherry, fig, dried fruits) augmented by mocha and mild spice notes. The palate marries vinosity and an ethereal character, remarkable mellowness and persistency with freshness framing the whole. Gold standard.

  • 100p

The champagne has a beautiful, intense golden colour. On the nose you will find expressive aromas of caramel, nougat, hazelnut and yeasty, freshly baked pastries. Citrus-fruit gratin flavours sit alongside notes of lime zest, with a very long finish and persistence.

Imported by Envoyer Imports.  Alcohol 12%.  Good, integrated bubbles with focused flavors of sappy fruit.  It finished with tart apples and acidity.  Young with good promise.  **** Now – 2033.

  • 93p

The Krug Vintage 2000 presents a bright golden robe and has bubbles of a rare finesse. On the nose, the bouquet is extremely rich and shows a remarkable complexity with fragrances of candied citrussy fruits, exotic fruits, apricot, honey and raisin. Afterwards, notes of cocoa, pastry and toasted almonds can be discovered, which enhance the bouquet of this champagne. Finally, vanilla and spicy accents underline the rest of the bouquet. The palate opens up on a distinctive freshness and a slow and steady increase in intensity. The finish amazes by its length and spicy note.

  • 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
Already very approachable with aromas brioche, toast, peaches, some ox from oak, vanilla and cinnamon
  • 95p
Nose: soft, lifted, patisserie Palate: weighty In a nutshell: macho Final verdict: This warm year's style fits Krug perfectly
  • 91p
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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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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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