Krug Grande Cuvee 160th Edition NV

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Description & Technical Information
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Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug's philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: a blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may have reached twenty years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance: something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle and its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars: the first prestige cuvée re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage. Krug buy Pinot Meunier grapes from two petit crus; the Cote de Bar in the warmest part of champagne nearer Burgundy than Reims and also from the village of Sainte-Gemme because of their intense fruit expression and freshness they bring to the blend.

This is the 160th creation of Krug Grande Cuvée. Based on 2004, it is a blend of 121 wines from twelve vintages: the oldest being 1990 and the youngest 2004. Reserve wines lend harmony to Edition 160, completing the blend without modifying the predominant characteristics of the year.

Krug ID: 212018 | Each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée NV has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Predominately Premier & Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Meunier
Base Vintage: 2004
Reserve Wine: 35%
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: Spring 2012
Dosage: 6 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2023

Tasting Note: A bundle of brioche pleasure and creaminess. Very exciting on the palate. Quite dry and great length. This is definitely one of the more expressive Grande Cuvée Editions, with the smoky characteristics of the 2004 vintage dominant throughout.
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Expert Reviews
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW


ID 212018. Disgorged spring 2016. 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Meunier. Named ‘Luminous Freshness’. Based on 2004. The beautiful weather in harvest time from mid September to early October made 2004 a generous year following the challenging extremes and limited yields of 2003. This is a blend of 121 wines from 12 different years, the oldest from 1990 and the youngest from 2004.
Very broad and ripe. Much less tense than most. Very accessible. Masses of bruised fruit pleasure. Much less freshness than most. And a little shorter? This tasted relatively mature.”
19/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 214031. This will be re-released this year along with Krug 2004. The re-release will have had longer on the lees than the original release. The re-release may be disgorged later than the sample on which this very enthusiastic tasting note is based.
Smooth and jazzy and utterly swallowable. Long and richly savoury. Fabulous! Open. Perfect now. Rich and exciting.
Drink 2014-2024”
96/100
Michael Edwards
“A real firework of a Grande Cuvée set around the 2004 base, with intricacy from 12 different vintages in total dating back to 1990. A panoply of toasted bread, apple blossom, fresh peach, pear and dried apricot, followed by sensuous notes of almond, ginger and sweet spices. Beautiful mature Chardonnay and multiple expressions of Meunier beyond earthiness, richness with delicacy and vibrant freshness. Perfect now. The Champion today. Disgorged Spring 2012.”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“This is the 160th creation of Krug Grande Cuvée, code 212018, based on the 2004 vintage. The oldest wine is from 1990 and the youngest 2004 with 121 wines from 12 vintages. Reserve wines this year lend harmony, completing the blend without modifying the predominant characteristics of the year. 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 6 g/l. Disgorged spring 2012.
Tasted blind. Really exciting nose. Deep gold. Lots of evolution. Mellow, burnished, savoury gold. Great balance. Smoky. Racy. But broader than wine number 5 (which was the Krug vintage 2002 in this blind line-up). Solid but not inspiring. Not that long. Lots of pace. And length. Vintage wine. Savoury end. ”
News Articles
  1. Krug Grande Cuvée & Vintage Vertical Tasting: 2000-2010

    Krug Grande Cuvée & Vintage Vertical Tasting: 2000-2010

    October 22, 2018

    At our most recent tasting at 67 Pall Mall, guests blind tasted Krug Grande Cuvée Editions 162-166 NV (2006-2010), and Krug Vintages 2000-2004, including Krug 2000 from magnum. Find out which champagnes were the highest rated on the evening here.
  2. The Importance of Base Year in Non-Vintage Champagne

    The Importance of Base Year in Non-Vintage Champagne

    August 22, 2018

    Non-vintage champagnes are a blend of multiple vintages. However, with 60-90% of the blend coming from a single vintage, or base year, the final blend inevitably displays subtle characteristics of that vintage. Just how much influence does base year have on non-vintage?
  3. Jancis Robinson: Krug vintage vertical back to 1988

    Jancis Robinson: Krug vintage vertical back to 1988

    January 31, 2018

    Read Jancis Robinson’s report of our outstanding Krug vintage vertical tasting last November. "This would have been a dream tasting anyway, but I particularly love tasting a group of wines blind."
  4. Krug: A Visit to Clos du Mesnil & The New Krug Maison

    Krug: A Visit to Clos du Mesnil & The New Krug Maison

    September 4, 2017

    We visited Krug over August bank holiday weekend with Jancis Robinson MW. With an unexpected visit to Clos du Mesnil, a tour of the new Maison, a mini-vertical tasting and dinner at the house, it was well-worth the long drive!
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