Krug Grande Cuvee

Krug Grand Cuvee 167 Edition NV NV


Product Details
  • Item Code: 081753830298
  • Varietal: Champagne
  • Country|Region: France, Champagne
  • Vintage: NV
  • Bottle Size: 750ml

Ratings and Awards

  • 95 Wine Spectator
  • 94 Robert Parker
  • 94 Wine Enthusiast

About this product

96:D Apricot, chamomile, lemon confit, hazelnut and lightly honeyed notes resonate in a super-expressive, inviting Grande Cuvee that will drink well right out of the gate. The natural radiance of the year comes through beautifully. This release is a blend of 52% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 13% Meunier across a staggering 198 different wines from eleven vintages going back to 1996. Already quite expressive, the 168eme shows plenty of the signature Krug toasty notes in a style that offers tons of immediacy D

95:WE A classic Grande Cuvee showcasing exuberant freshness and ripe softness (quite how chef de cave Eric Lebel pulls this off never ceases to amaze me). This particular blend includes 130 reserve wines from a dozen vintages, with the youngest base wine being the 2004 - of course, therein lies LebelÂs secret! ThereÂs some attractive bottle-age maturity that is just beginning to emerge from the more primary citrus, apple and pomegranate fruit, which segues into creamy almond, honeycomb, papaya, acacia and spice. It has a lovely weight and mouthfeel with lots of structured vinosity. The finish is dry, autolytic, savoury and long. Krug long held the specific details of Grande Cuvee under wraps, and now has released it all, under a new program that effectively dates each release so buyers can check out its makeup online, down to the specific disgorgement. The site notes that this wine is based on the 2009 vintage, from individual parcels fermented in neutral oak vats, the final blend including 127 different wines from 12 years, back to 1990, the reserves held in small stainless-steel vats to sustain their freshness. The new information helps tie the character of the wine to a particular vintage, even as the goal of Eric Lebel and the blending team is to create a wine of symphonic complexity around that base material, a variation on the style of Grande Cuvee. In that sense, itÂs interesting to compare this 165th edition with the 166th, based on the 2010 vintage (and reviewed below). 165 is a powerful, vinous Champagne, a straight line of supple flavor focused on notes of lemon peel, salty pear and yellow flowers. ItÂs almost tannic in its youthful structure and hints of celery-seed spice. This is suited to long aging. WE