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NV Krug - Grande Cuvee Champagne Blend - France - Champagne - White

France - Champagne

White Champagne Blend
Producer Notes

Krug Champagnes are famous for their rich, nutty, elegant and extremely food-friendly nature. Founded in 1843 by German immigrant Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has since been run by many generations of the Krug family, and the general style of the champagne has evolved along with that progression. Depending on the blend, a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is used, and... More »

Score
92
WS 97
IWC 94
JR 17
RJ 93
WA 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2015 WS: 2013-2028
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 10122

(L1D211024): Bright yellow-gold. Expressive, toasty bouquet of poached pear, white peach and orange zest, with toasted nut and anise nuances adding complexity. Dry and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard fruit, buttered toast and ginger flavors that gain weight with air. Shows a suave blend of richness and tension, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering smoke, nut and gingerbread flavors. I'll bet that this Champagne will be even better with another five to ten years of bottle age.

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JR 17
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2008-2011

Very tight. Dense. Exciting. Reverberant. Clearly many cuts above a regular non vintage - richly woven - but there is something just a tad metallic on the finish.

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 162

Oddly, the most consistent Krug wine I have been tasting lately is their non-vintage Brut Grand Cuvee, a big, boldly styled Champagne with smoky, earthy, pear, apple, and spicy aromas as well as flavors, loads of effervescence, and fine body and depth.

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RJ 93
Source Richard Juhlin
Issue Issue 1

Krug's nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a "multi-vintage." Strangely enough, this exceptional wine is one of the Champagnes I've drunk on the greatest number of occasions-more than ninety times, in fact. Almost every time, some new element is revealed. Because it's been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvee has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I've given here. Little bit less impressive lately. I thought it was just bad luck, but it seams like the wine has lost a bit of magic. I am crying!

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WS 97
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2013-2028

This is all about balance and the integration of power and finesse, with finely honed acidity supporting flavors of quince paste, dried black cherry, spun honey and candied orange zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut, coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom resonate on the finish. Hard to stop sipping.

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Author Todd W59
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 04/21/2014
Drink Dates 2013-2018

Light to medium golden color. Aromas of some green apple and almonds. Just starting to show its age. Big expansive flavors of apples and nuts, with bright acidity. This is a big and rich wine that possesses a very long finish. Still tasting the flavors 30-60+ seconds after it has departed the mouth. Still lots of life ahead.

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Author mleexxxx
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Tasted On 02/09/2014

No surprise !

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.947%
Tasted On 12/25/2013

Needs more time to sleep

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Author cloudon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.981%
Tasted On 10/09/2013

dark blackberry and cedar. Not as sumptuous and elegant as the j. davies diamond mountain but a great wine.

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.372%
Tasted On 10/18/2013

old bottle. not fresh

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Author Melc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/03/2012
Drink Dates 2008-2014

Better than ever!!

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Author Horms
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 16.372%
Tasted On 04/28/2013

The best NV around. Stone fruits, nuts, butter, toast.

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Author Anthony D526
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.938%
Tasted On 03/28/2013
Drink Dates 2012-2022

(With S&R and Pignatelos) From a purchase in 2007. Cont'd development in bottle with a light amber color; still youthful and crisp. Nice aroma of lemon & tropical fruit; Clean, complex, & elegant on the palate; med.-rich with some creamy/yeastiness but less than typical of Krug. Long elegant finish. It has shown a slow increase in maturity and expansion of flavor with a more caramelized/toasty/yeastiness in the 5 years since I purchased it. Despite being "NV", this requires 4-5+ years in bottle to reach its potential.

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Author wineme.310
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.758%
Tasted On 01/11/2013
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Author Mark Fox
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.098%
Tasted On 01/07/2013

as usual great

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.383%
Tasted On 01/06/2013
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Author Nik D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 06/24/2012
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Author Chris Ahearn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.93%
Tasted On 11/29/2011
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Author darvid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/15/2011
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Very young - seems less developed, or at least more restrained, than a magnum opened six months ago from exactly the same source. Orange marmalade, ginger, red berries, and frothy minerals. Krug has a way of carrying its richness and nobility without apparent effort. Expanded over several hours, but this clearly needs more time to be at its best.

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Author Murray
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 07/17/2011

Awesome wine. Nutty and rounded, though had nice acidity and fine mousse. Perfect company for the food.

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Author Sechang P
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 71.429%
Tasted On 06/18/2011
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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.457%
Tasted On 04/30/2011
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A little aged but very yeasty and still nice.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 96.825%
Tasted On 08/29/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2015
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Author cinnamon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.989%
Tasted On 02/14/2010

Disgorged jan-feb 2008 according to cork, 0.375ml. Takes a good while settle and find balance, 2+ hours. Very elegant version, almost thin on the surprisingly short green apple peel finish. This is a wine that probably needs a lot more bottle age. Not impressed by this bottle.

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Author wineangelo
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.963%
Tasted On 12/31/2009
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Author Loude
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.444%
Tasted On 12/27/2009

Much deeper and bluer than it used to be. Smells like a very Pinot champagne. A bit chewy – not smooth and flattering. Krug seems to have become a bit of a Ryanair – like it or lump it. (JR) Feb 09

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Author Bernadette
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Tasted On 10/14/2009

Medium yeasty nose, very clean and fresh, long and elegant finish.

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Author Augie
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 32.258%
Tasted On 03/23/2009

more carmel apple than lime, still steel

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Author Anon
Trade
Site / Blog Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 01/02/2009
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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/31/2008
Drink Dates 2007-2009

Held this one over a year. Maturing beautifully, bright, plenty of lift & creamy mousse. Presents more of a toasted lemon biscuit that refreshes. Long clean finish. Always a treat, and a great way to send 2008 packing and welcome the new year.

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Author Reed D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.526%
Tasted On 11/27/2008
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Author Winesmash
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.444%
Tasted On 07/26/2008

Very long finish. I thought it was very nice, but I feel like it was a bit simple. Maybe I'm not ready for a Champagne of this caliber.

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Author AndresCamacho
Site / Blog Vinfolio blog Trust Rating 93.333%
Tasted On 06/06/2008

Rich champagne, I love it.

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Author Byron G11
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/29/2007

Drank with sashimi when Hiro-san catered at our place with the Kojimas and the Bermans. Very clean, pleasant champagne. Not particularly yeasty like vintage krug. generally a crowd pleaser but nothing esoteric.

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