Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1004092 96 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Krug’s NV Brut Grande Cuvee...reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house’s more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning....Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital-'U' umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones....The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result. (DS)  (11/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully aromatic and inviting, with grilled nut, incense and graphite notes, this vibrant Champagne is finely knit and harmonious, expanding on the palate and delivering flavors of toast, lemon meringue, orange blossom and clover honey. The long finish features lots of exotic spice details.  (11/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. Nectarine, poached pear, toasted nuts, anise and buttered toast on the complex, mineral-tinged nose. Deeply concentrated but energetic and precise as well, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with notes of brioche and marzipan. A bitter citrus pith note adds definition to the impressively long, smoky finish. Shows more power and heft than I've experienced from this bottling in recent years. (JR)  (1/2015)

94 points Vinous

 The NV Grande Cuvée is absolutely stellar. This is one of the very best Grande Cuvées I can remember tasting. The flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated throughout, all of which make me think the wine will age well for many, many years. Lemon peel, white flowers, crisp pears, smoke and crushed rocks race across the palate in a vibrant, tense Champagne that epitomizes finesse. (AG)  (11/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 With its minimum of six years’ bottle aging, this is a beautifully integrated, mature wine. It has a wonderful toast character, layered over sliced pears and ripe acidity. With its complex poise between lightness and richness, this remains an intensely impressive wine.  (12/2010)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Contemporary French luxury, Grande Cuvée is an opulent blend including reserve wines dating back ten vintages. Its rich scents hint at wildflowers and honey, while bass notes bring a deeper spice. Complex and densely flavorful, this feels open and yielding through the sunny finish.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Very nervy, complex and assertive on the nose with more obvious acidity than the Egly Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru disgorged in May 2012 tasted alongside. Tight and yeasty - it almost suggests it should be decanted before being served! Very tense. (17.5+/20 points)  (1/2015)

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2015 | Send Email
While the 750ml alone is priced for those extra special occasions, biting the bullet and stepping up to the 1.5L magnum is well worth the huge jump! The Grand Cuvee always over delivers and never disappoints and the large format magnum takes the Grand Cuvee to transcendent levels. Aromas of marzipan, Asian spice, white flowers and Meyer lemon are a mere tease of of what this cuvee possesses and when you splurge for the 1.5L, the intergration of fruit, oak, spice and floral components is outstanding! While the jump up in price is not exponential, the quality and experience is!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
Drinking Krug out of magnum is one of the most luxurious experiences I can think of. I had a chance to pit a truly excellent 750ml bottle of Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne to the transcendent magnum. The 750 showed the way one would expect from Krug and had very nutty, nougat like deep, vinous personality that was rich and complex without having any trace of sweetness. The magnum didn’t seem to have any room to be better, but it was. My notebook is filled with a stream of adjectives; brioche, savory, saline, almonds etc. etc… The conclusion is simple: A big step up in richness and in transparency- more of the good stuff from long ageing and a huge step up in freshness. Find a friend or two and drink one. You’ll be glad you did!

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