Krug Grande Cuvee 162nd Edition NV

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£528.00
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£530.00
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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 162nd creation of Krug Grande Cuvée. Based on 2006, it is a blend of 142 wines from eleven vintages: the oldest being 1990 and the youngest 2006. Reserve wines lend structure and depth to the base vintage wines, which seemed to be somewhat too homogenous. In the warm 2006 vintage, Krug's many plots in the villages of Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Villers-Marmery provided shine and minerality to the blend.

Krug ID: 214032 | 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, 35% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier
Base Vintage: 2006
Reserve Wine: 40%
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: Spring 2014
Dosage: 6 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2026

Tasting Note: Light lemon freshness with bundles of dried apricot. Slight spice and orange peel taste. Big acidity but very light. The palate is all sherbet and lemon with red berries. Impressive champagne based on one of the best vintages of the century so far.
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Expert Reviews
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 416037.
Very direct and flirtatious – this goes straight up the nose. Solid, fine and very firm, correct and well integrated.”
18+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“This is the 162nd creation of Krug Grande Cuvée, code 214032, which is based on the 2006 vintage. The oldest wine is from 1990 and the youngest 2006, with 142 wines from 11 vintages. Reserve wines lend structure and depth to this season's harvest, which seemed to be somewhat too homogeneous. It is this year's wines of many plots from the villages of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Villers Mamery which proved the shine and minerality to the blend. 44% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 6 g/l. Disgorged spring 2014.
Tasted blind. Rich nose, really quite creamy and opulent on the nose. Very slight edge of decay, but in a nice way. A tad soft; relatively low acid. Slightly lazy bead. Medium persistence. ”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 313054. Magnum. Disgorged summer 2013. 44% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier. Based on 2006 with reserves going back to 1990. 142 different wines!
Mid straw. Intense nose demands attention. Savoury. Pretty explosive texture. Bone-dry finish. This is so different from – more complex than – most champagnes! A wine to contemplate that works towards the finish like a great burgundy, but it’s definitely not mouthwash for a big reception. Very long. 12%”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“The code on this bottle is 213018, meaning it was the 18th disgorgement of the second quarter of 2013 (obvious, innit?!). And those disgorgements are not necessarily just of Grande Cuvée. This blend is apparently based on the 2006 vintage and contains no fewer than 142 different ingredients back to a drop of 1990. Very steely and 'mineral' on the nose. Tight and very dense. Still very uptight - even slightly austere at this early point in its evolution. Drink 2015-2022.”
17.5/20
Julia Harding MW
“ID code: 413073, disgorged Oct 2013. Immensely rich on the nose, verging on apricot and quince but with the sweetness of brioche. Opens up to gingerbread. Big and bold and creamy on the palate, tasting softer than the Dom Pérignon 2004 that preceded it. Bright and crisp and zesty on the finish, fresher than I expected from the nose.”
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News Articles
  1. Krug Grande Cuvée - Editions Explained

    Krug Grande Cuvée - Editions Explained

    November 23, 2016

    Krug have announced that from now on each different release of Krug Grande Cuvée NV will be labelled as an edition. Read the article to find out more.
  2. 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.
  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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