2003 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #1153311 95 points Vinous

 Light yellow. Powerful, complex bouquet evokes fresh peach, pear, floral honey, green almond and smoky minerals. Deep, palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors show outstanding vivacity for a hot vintage, picking up ginger and talc notes with air. The strikingly long, sappy finish features zesty orange pith, smoky minerals and an echo of honeysuckle. I'd be in no rush to drink this one. (Josh Raynolds)  (12/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This offers fine detail and texture on the palate, carrying an expressive range of poached quince and black currant fruit, coffee liqueur, garam masala, spun honey and raw almond. Fresh and focused, this is a boon from the hot 2003 vintage, showing a sense of finesse on the subtle finish. Disgorged winter 2013.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Krug made less than 1/3 of the amount that they usually vintage in 2003, an amount that will only represent 5% of production. Grand Cuvee is 80-85%. The cepage is a surprising 46% Pinot Noir, 31% Meunier and 23% Chardonnay. I tasted Krug ID #113015, disgorged about a year ago in the winter 2012/ 2013 after 9 years of ageing on the lees and containing fruit from some of the cooler sites on the north facing slope of the Mountain of Reims. It has a golden color that was touched with green, and a warm, pie crust like nose that was more than a little bit malic. Aromatically, I it has lot going on, not a one note player the way that almost all the other 2003s I have tried have been. In the mouth it is rich with caramel apple and brioche flavors and a broad texture. The finish is super dry, and if I had to guess I would speculate that this is dosed in the extra brut range- 6g/liter or less. I think that our wine journalist friends are going to love it- watch for big scores in the Wine Spectator etc! This is impressive stuff. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2015 | Send Email
I just tasted this fabulous Champagne with Olivier Krug when he stopped by K&L with some bottles. It is composed of 46% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay and 25% Meunier and entirely barrel fermented. This wine is starting to flesh out with time, and has a spectacular full body, great texture, open knit toasty aromas and flavors and impressive power. This is a perfect partner to charcuterie, and given the history of the house, should age for decades.

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