Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Wine & Spirits
Eric Lebel achieves the beautiful color of this wine with the addition of Pinot Noir fermented on its skins. The rest of the blend includes reserve wines and selections of chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier that come together in Krug’s most ephemeral Champagne, an effervescent mist of flavor with the depths of a grand cru Vosne-Romanée. Resonant bass notes hold earthy complexity while vibrant freshness rises with the bubbles. An elegant rosé to pour with thin slices of roast duck breast.
Fine and harmonious, this expressive rosé offers grilled nut and coffee accents, layered with exotic spice, dried peach, raspberry, biscuit, pastry cream and bergamot notes. Long and focused, with the flavor range carried on the silky, detailed mousse and driven by vibrant acidity. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2025. (AN)
Pale orange. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of blood orange, redcurrant and gingerbread, plus spicy oak and floral nuances. Juicy, dense and spicy on the palate, with a smoky mineral quality lifting and sharpening the sappy citrus fruit and red berry flavors. Shows noteworthy intensity on the finish, which leaves notes of orange zest, candied rose and toasted notes behind. This Champagne's balance of power and vivacity is pretty impressive. (JR)
The beauty of Krug’s rosé is the sense of bottle age, of that extra richness. That means the wine is not just the sum of its delicious red berry fruits. It’s also the way the wine is rounded out, filled with secondary flavors, toast and almonds and a taut minerality. The aftertaste is taut, dry, seamless, complex. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Krug’s NV Brut Rose ID 212020 -- disgorged in spring, 2012, and as always for this cuvee, featuring slightly fewer and younger components than the Grande Cuvee, and an addition of still red Pinot -- makes a bright, juicy impression of red raspberry and red currant mingled with fresh lime and tingling with mouthwatering mineral salts. Firmer in feel than the Grande Cuvee and without that bottling’s remarkable juxtaposition of creaminess with brightness, nor indeed its complexity, this finishes with the invigoration of red berry seed-crunching; a piquant hint of orange rind; and fascination of alkaline, saline and chalky nuances. It might well prove interesting to follow for a few years, though I haven’t the experience to address this cuvee’s track record. (DS)