Krug "Grande Cuvée" 166 Ème Édition Brut Champagne

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The Krug 166 Ème Édition is composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay, and 16% Meunier. It is made up of wines from 1998 to 2010; 10 vintages in all were selected. Only 58% of the blend is 2010, the rest are reserves. It has seen a minimum of seven years aging on the lees. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2018 | Send Email
Hopefully you've been heeding our advice over the years and buying Krug Grand Cuvee as often as your budget will allow. If you have, you are in luck, since now you have a previous edition of Krug to enjoy while you put this 166 Eme at the bottom of your pile! This most recent edition is elegant, taut and precise - a prime candidate for a little nap in your cellar. If you simply cannot wait to pop the cork, I recommend pairing it with something rich and savory...foie gras terrine, shrimp and vegetable tempura, or fresh egg pasta tossed with truffle butter.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
The wine was loaded with limey, Puligny like drive and a ton of chalky minerality, and I would have guessed that it had even more than the 39% Chardonnay that they did use in it. It cut the fish like a razor blade, and had fantastic structure and chalky length. I think this is a great one to put down for a few years. It is brimming with power! I think this is the most concentrated Grand Cuvée that I have drunk young. My suspicion is that little, and perhaps no vintage wine will be made at Krug in 2010, allowing them to use lots that would normally go into more expensive wines. This is the conundrum of multi-vintage blends. The market scrambles for lots like the 164- which had a majority of the great 2008 in it. But, we know that there will almost certainly be not only Krug vintage 2008, but also Clos du Mesnil and Clos Ambonnay, meaning those wines were not available for the Grande Cuvée. Many at Krug say that the best Grande Cuvée that they have drunk is the 157- which is mostly from the miserable 2001 vintage. They put all the best stuff in it- that is something to think about!
Drink from 2018 to 2035

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12