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Krug Grande Cuvee

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Krug needs no introduction to fans of champagne. It is one of the top producers in Champagne, and tend to be a bit richer in style to the point of being full-bodied for the champagne style. Made from a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, it displays attractive aromas of roasted nuts, red berries, citrus, spice and earthy savouriness on the nose that leaps from one to the other, the the rich, dry palate kicks in with citrus and toasty flavours, licks of savouriness, a fine bubble, and a poised, power-packed finish that seems to linger forever. Definitely one for a special occasion, or if you just want to impress.

Winemaker's Notes

The ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne. The most generous Champagne in the world with exceptional finesse.

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 reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug 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.

Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.

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Krug Grande Cuvee

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Tyson Stelzer says
A blend of more than 100 wines from 8-10 vintages, comprising between 1/3 and 1/2 reserve wines, the complexity in Grande Cuvée is like no other. The balance between its rich complexity of butterscotch, exotic spice and Christmas spice and its cut of lemon rind freshness is impeccable.
James Halliday says
I freely concede that it’s impossible there could have been any change in winemaking that would have filtered through into the Krug Grande Cuvée after Krug was acquired by LVMH, but the wines seemed fresher (and better). I hasten to add the wine is as imperiously complex, rich and mouthfilling as ever, a blend of more than 100 parcels of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier spanning eight to 10 vintages that spends six years on lees prior to disgorgement. It has a fascinating squeaky acidity that is a chord providing the ultimate harmony and balance of a truly superb wine.
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Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer says
For those of you familiar with Krug, skip this tasting note and go to the next wine, because you do not need a note on this iconic creation. If you are new to this mighty Champagne house, then let us first say congratulations on your lottery win. You cannot spend it anywhere else as wisely as you can here. The baffling thing about Krug is that it is very much a sparkling wine but it has the intensity and length of a red. Celebratory and desperately exciting, this wine transcends its type and lives in a world of its own. Please drink it with main course food rather than as an aperitif because,in spite of its bubbles, this is more vinous than any other Champagne. Pray you don’t get hooked (resistance is futile) because this wine is the lowest rung on the Krug ladder. And with the vintage and Clos du Mesnil above it you will need another win on the scratch cards immediately to finance this passion.
Taste Food and Wine Guide
Ken Gargett says
There is Champagne,' goes the slogan, 'and there is Krug.' Says it all really. It's akin to: there is batting and there is Bradman, there is Aussie red and there is Grange, there are celebrity carpenters and there is Tom Williams, there is great poetry and there is Bees sonnet to Lleyton. Yes you're fightÑtoo far again. MY GOD I LOVE KRUG, though. It's made me come over all effusive.
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Nick Stock says
Krug is a legendary non-vintage (they call it multi-vintage) Champagne, perhaps the ultimate expression of complexity in the entire region. Using oak in production, it carries a wealth of woody spice and toasty complexity. The palate's immensely powerful and precise, with a sizzling acid backbone. One of the few NV Champagne's that I can recommend as a cellaring prospect too.
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Tyson Stelzer says
Grand Cuvée is more tense and fresh in its current late 2011 disgorgements than I have ever seen it. In spite of its profound maturity and inimitable complexity, it sings with a youthful definition that Krug has progressively refined in recent years. A zesty, crunchy amalgam of apple, pear and every form of citrus you can conjure opens into a maelstrom of molten wax, wisps of smouldering truffle, Christmas spice and kirsch. Decadently rich, extravagantly complex and thunderingly expansive, Grande Cuvée is a vinous champagne of multifaceted personality, yet ever-heightened tension and unerring focus, tapping into deep wells of scintillating, swirling minerality. Profound nuances of exotic spice flicker for minutes after you swallow. Every bit as enchanting as its legendary reputation promises, this is a champagne to drink slowly from large glasses, to witness an entire universe of captivating theatrics unfold as it warms.
James Halliday says
A blend of more than 100 components spanning 8-10 vintages of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, with the reserve wines kept in tank for up to 20 years. It is the most consistently complex of all champagnes, complexity as obvious on the bouquet as in the flavour and texture of the palate. The aroma and flavour descriptors are nigh on endless, yet are fused with each other into an overwhelmingly hedonistic whole, its exceptional power held in a velvet glove.
The Wine Front says
Almond brioche, ripe lemon and smoke and spice, honey and yellow fruits. Rich, complex, layered, perfumed, mouth filling and satisfying, gossamer fine texture, round and very long. Superb. Easily the best NV (or MV, as they say) there is. This brew touch and go for 97 points, really.
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The Wine Front
James Suckling says
A very complex nose here with ripe, deep lemon and grapefruit aromas on offer plus some restrained chalky elements, biscuit, some roasting herbs, hints of pepper, then a little tobacco too. Very complex and full of fresh characters. The palate has a wealth of different fruit flavors like lemon, peach, nectarine, and plums. The finesse in terms of structure, detail and precision is staggering; sherbet-like elegance with immense concentration and power. A great Grande Cuvée. Incredibly satisfying.
Gilbert & Gaillard says
Light gold. Refined, expressive and complex nose opening up to notes of stone fruits, dried fruits, mild spices and gingerbread. Lovely texture, refined bubbles, vinosity and fullness with an ethereal character and persistency. A superlative Champagne.

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