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    bread pudding with redcurrant coulis

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The year 2003 was truly unique with particularly challenging circumstances, an eventful year for Champagne
We had a dry winter and spring, an early bud break followed by two serious frosts which meant significant losses, especially of many Chardonnay grapes. Then August was a record-breaker with average temperatures of 28.5°C, ten degrees above the seasonal average! We had our first harvest on August 23rd, the earliest since 1822, but the extreme variations in ripeness throughout the plots meant we could not set harvest dates for each village, as is usually the case in the Champagne region. Thus, the harvest continued in waves until early October. A year of three such extremes was unheard of in living memory… 

At the end of harvest we had small yields, healthy grapes, an expected over-ripeness but also an unexpected under-ripeness; the vines protected themselves from the intense heat by stopping their maturation. We discovered this because we respect the individual expression of every plot; nature’s beauty and strength at work in the fields. Nurturing this individuality meant we found surprisingly fresh, aromatic and balanced wines with very vivacious fruit.

Personally, I am delighted with the varied blend of Krug 2003 because it tells our story; it reflects the challenges we faced. It includes a higher quantity of wines from black grapes than usual and thus also a smaller amount of Chardonnay (29%); these were used discreetly because they gave plenty of aromatic richness. Expression and vivacity comes from the wines of the parcels of Meunier (25%) from villages such as Sainte Gemme, Villevenard and Courmas. The Pinot Noirs  (46%) with their lovely structure and body - from the south and north-facing slopes of the Montagne de Reims - add balance and freshness.

After a decade gaining finesse in the cellars, Krug 2003 can be enjoyed now or for many more years to come. As with all Krug Champagnes, Krug 2003 has a very high ageing potential and will gain with time.


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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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Our expression of the year 2003, revealed by Krug as a story of vivacious radiance

The 2003 vintage was a year of many circumstances: dry winter and spring, very premature blooming, two serious frosts and a summer of scorching heat. With small yields, healthy grapes, extremely varied levels of maturity and over and under-ripeness, it was Krug's respect of the individual expression of every plot that produced surprisingly fresh, aromatic and balanced wines. Krug decided to create a vintage for this particular year and named it "Vivacité Solaire" (Vivacious Radiance).

Technical Information:

Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs | Pinot Meunier: Courmas, Saint Gemme, Villevenard
Grape Varieties: 46% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: 9 years on the lees
Disgorged: Winter 2012/2013
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: 2014-2026

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

36 tasting notes

Tasting note


Medium, Yellow and Bright


Long, Extensive and Lingering


Toasty, Mineral, Creamy, New-oak, Citrus and Tropical fruits


Youthful, Fresh, Ripe and Seductive




High in Acidity, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Focused, Rich and Fresh


Transparent and Impressive

Written Notes

’A much fresher and more well made wine than Bollinger this year for example. A little dull, but noticeably large nose with dark brush strokes. When it opens up it  feels like  the vintage is a bit heavy & clumsy. Otherwise, the wine is again an unmistakable Krug with a structure and building as more than a little reminiscent of the heroic ’76.’ RJ 92(95)

  • 92p

Tasted blind wine 2. This seems to have a slightly deeper hue with a faint touch of pink, the nose is unadventurous, quite floral, this seems delicate with a touch of savoury, rounded on the palate with a cool element to the plump but quite dry length and finish, certainly seems a tad older than wine 1 tasted alongside which turned out to be the 163rd Grande Cuvee 2007 base. 93/100

  • 93p

Looking very fresh and complex with plenty of richness and caramelized autolysis characters. Quite distinctively fragrant chardonnay notes of citrus, stone fruits and melon. It heads into spicy territory, very resolved and composed, with nutty, bready nuances and chalky notes. There?s trademark kaleidoscopic appeal. The palate has depth and composure with assertive acidity amid supple, fleshy chardonnay grapefruit and white-peach-sorbet flavors, plus lemon pith and nougat. Long, majestic, commanding, dark, nutty, red-grape flavors and phenolics drive the palate long. This suits the style and stacks up admirably.

  • 95p

A sculpted Champagne, with a steely backbone of acidity swathed in a fine and silky texture, offering rich flavors of baked apple and plum fruit, almond financier, crème de cassis, honey and toasted coconut. Long and mouthwatering, and still very, very young.

  • 95p

A subtle yellow-gold colour highlights a reserved finesse and clarity. The nose reveals notes of citrus, plum, honey and brioche. On the palate, fresh summer fruits and red grapefruit are present, along with candied peel, roast chestnut and caramelised apple tart.

ID 414070. Krug started the harvest on 23 August, their earliest ever, but some grapes picked early in October because of vine shutdown. Frost in spring and then heat in summer shrank the crop. This is a wine that positively bounces out of the glass! Real spine and concentration ? exotic, explosive and yet beautifully balanced. Dried orange peel and spice. Great balance on the palate. Broader and more interesting and complex than the Clos du Mesnil 2003. Tasted: 23-Feb-2016

  • 95p

Aged for 11 years with multiple disgorgements before release, this wine is composed of 46% pinot noir, 29% chardonnay and 25% pinot meunier. It pours a deep gold color with very thick legs. On the nose, a very strong brioche note supported by other notes of sugarcane, musky cheese, game, hazelnuts, beurre noisette and citrus oils. With time, there are even copious amounts of caramel popcorn. Compared to the 2000, the 2003 is more expansive and fruit potential but less forward and linear than the 2000. On the palate, the wine is fruit-dominated supported by a robust, mineral backbone and higher levels of residual sugar than that of the 2000. The effervescence is just lovely, delicate yet intense. There are notes of citrus oils, cheeses, spice, truffle and nuts on the palate. The finish is incredibly long and incredibly smoky, with a suppleness to boot. For me, I prefer this to the 2000, mostly because of the fruit-forward approach and generous body. This is just as Aldo Sohm puts it, sugar to champagne is like makeup. It allows it to blossom beautifully from otherwise austere, abrasive wines. And in this vintage, it certainly proves true. 96

  • 96p
Stunning nose with the smoothest complexity possible. Not heavy at all. Very elegant. Intensive, ripe, but same Krug backbone of elegance as always. Very creamy and round on palate, smooth, polished, but good acidity still. Very ripe acidity though. Dramatic. Very sexy and sensual wine. Super expressive and long. Sweet fruit lingers on forever. 94p
  • 94p
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Minerals, apples, some nuts, fruity and rounded nose, cool feel to it for the vintage, less yellow fruit notes. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, fresh, again some nuts, minerals, apples, elegant and smooth body and texture, detailed, almost creamy, long.
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Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Investment potential

Below Average

Glass time


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Inside Information

Krug 2003 can be enjoyed with dishes involving quince and citrus fruits, such as veal, lamb and quince tagine, fine fish and/or shellfish with citrus-based sauces, oysters au gratin. Recipes with spices, cinnamon, curry are good options and for dessert; a nicely prepared bread pudding with redcurrant coulis or citrus gratin.

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