2000 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #1093667 96 points Wine & Spirits

 An immense 2000, this carries Krug’s symphonic complexity into the confines of a single vintage. While the year created many broad, fat-textured wines, this one adds muscle to that vintage character, reading as bold, juicy, serious and sexy. Its richness bristles with tension, tightening around the robust power of the wine as if to capture the sweetness of the earth. Extremely long, this will age with grace.  (12/ 2013)

95 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2000 Vintage is just beginning to develop hints of tertiary complexity. Dried peach, pear, almond, honey and spice notes flesh out beautifully on the glass. The 2000 is a fairly open Vintage texturally, but if given a choice, my preference would be to give the wine a few years in bottle to allow the flavors to develop a bit more than they are today. Right now, the 2000 is in an awkward place where it is neither young nor old, a stage in a wine's development that is hardly ever fully satisfying. ID 311029 - LLLLZX  (11/ 2013)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Krug vintage 2000 Brut smells strikingly redolent of sea breeze, kelp, and piles of oyster and mussel shells, allied to lemon oil and toasted hazelnuts. On the palate, the aforementioned elements serve for compulsive salivation, while a lusciously juicy amalgam of lime, grapefruit and apple tinged with piquancy of their pips buoys the salty wave of mineral matter into a profoundly protracted finish that bursts with brightness and at the same time reveals mouthwateringly savory crab shell reduction and a hitherto largely hidden dark side of smoky Latakia tobacco, dark-roasted coffee, and toasted grains. Expect this to merit following for 12-15 years.  (11/ 2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Pungent aromas of candied orange, buttered toast, pear skin and vanilla, with a smoky nuance that gains power in the glass. Stains the palate with intense pear liqueur, citrus pith and brioche flavors, picking up notes of licorice and candied ginger with air. A bright mineral note adds lift and energy to the finish, which clings with superb tenacity and lingering smokiness. This complex, concentrated Champagne is showing very well right now but has the legs to age for years to come.  (12/ 2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Very aromatic, with lots of rose water, pickled ginger, ground coffee and cardamom accents on the nose and finely textured palate. The flavors of ripe black cherry, grapefruit granita, piecrust, fleur de sel and spun honey are enlivened by well-honed acidity, creating a mouthwatering impression on the lightly chalky finish. Drink now through 2028.  (11/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 So much better than rosé! Proper, genuine yeasty aromatic development. Caramel, toffee, dense and broad and heavy. Rich – a delicious heavyweight. Gorgeously developed nose – really delivers a lot. 17.5/20 points.  (11/ 2013)

K&L Notes

When toast and raciness meet, you have a great bottle of vintage Champagne. This has been my favorite vintage release from Krug for current drinking since the 1989, and it has the legs to age for decades. The wine has a bright, white gold color and a nose that is open and full of buttered sourdough aromas. The initial palate impression is tense, but this is one of those rare wines with a "peacocks tail" finish... The impression grows after you swallow it. It has a near endless finish, and seems dryer than past releases. After checking the new code on the back, this bottle was disgorged in spring of 2010, giving it about 9 years on the lees. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/7/2014  | Send Email
This has a most attractive bouquet, with notes of pear, rose hips and seashells. On the palate it walks a beautiful line between richness and tension. Plenty of focus and acidity, but also lots of mid-palate weight. this is subtle champagne and beautifully balanced. And the finish, well that is truly something. It fans out on your palate and lingers for a long time. Bravo!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/15/2013  | Send Email
I enjoyed this great vintage Champagne with a very traditional Champagne pairing: pigeon! One of the best local dishes of the Champagne region is pigeon en croute. The rare Paine Farm squab at Quattro restaurant was perfect with this refined powerhouse of a wine. Although the 2000 vintage returned to a Pinot Noir dominated blend, the relative youth of the wine and the fresh character of the vintage brought the Chardonnay to the front. This was the favorite vintage of the group of diners that I enjoyed it with, with electric acidity and chalky length. There is power in this bottle, but it does not have to show it off. The 2000 will evolve for a generation in the cellar, and I can’t wait to revisit it in 2030. A rich game bird needs a lively wine, and why not 2000 Krug!
Drink from 2013 to 2050

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