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Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020
Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020 Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020

Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020

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Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020 Overview

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The potential for a Krug vintage champagne is identified during the blending of Krug Grande Cuvée. Once the non-vintage blend has been secured and all of the reserves earmarked, the wines displaying the most pronounced character of the vintage are blended to create the vintage champagne. These bottles are original disgorgement in Autumn 2007 and since that time have rested in the cellars in Krug's cellars in Reims and shipped to us in Autumn 2020.

Krug ID: 407001 | Whilst bottles of Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020 do not have a Krug ID on the back label, you can use the code on the left to discover the story of this vintage. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.

Weather: A year like no other, 1996 in Champagne married the highest levels of sugar and acidity in living memory; the resulting wines are extraordinary in their concentration, yet perfectly poised in terms of structural definition. The year 1996 is to become a year that will go down in Champagne’s history books.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Predominately Premier & Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 48% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, 21% Meunier
Disgorged: Autumn 2007
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: A seductive golden colour and a surprisingly forward nose which marries honey, acacia, brioche and truffle. It is on the palate that the identity of the year really starts to sing, with rich notes of lemon meringue, hazelnut and blackcurrant shining through. Beneath this the ripe fruit is slumbering; its ultimate manifestation will herald unparalled complexity and profundity. Similar to the '88 but many suspect it will, over time, be even better.
Champagne Krug History
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Expert Reviews
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 407001. Disgorged autumn 2007. 48% Pinot Noir, 31% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier from 17 villages. Known as ‘extreme and charismatic’. Contrary to what people believe, 1996 was not an easy vintage: to deal with this extreme freshness is always a challenge. Harvest took place between 20 September and 30 September.
Tasted blind. Deep orangey apricot colour with a sluggish bead. Fully mature nose with notes of dried apricots and nuts. Wholly enveloping pleasure on the nose! Hint of caramel and also something very exotic indeed. Something you wouldn’t find in any other champagne, surely. Dry, clean finish. ”
17.5+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 407001. 42% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier.
Deep golden straw. Less intense nose than the Grande Cuvée ID 313054. Edge of bread dough. Firm with masses of acidity. Quite demanding. The acidity of the year dominates this wine for the moment. Very dry impression. Almost austere. I would age this wine longer to allow it to soften a bit. Very much less flattering than the Grande Cuvée based on 2006 tasted alongside. 12%”
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