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V97+: Now In-Stock - A New Parcel of the Legendary 2004 Krug - 01/07/2018 - Champagne

As we expected, our inaugural allocation of the historic 2004 Krug Brut sold through in a matter of days with demand outstripping supply by a wide margin. Among the best ever from a house known for producing top-tier, world-class bottlings, the 2004 any lover of Champagne needs to have at least once in his or her life. Impeccably well-made, highlighting the brightness and vivacity of the vintage, it has all the tell-tale characteristics of a Champagne for the ages. If you missed out the first time around or are looking to secure additional bottles, now is the time to act. Allocations have been doled out by the thimble and there is no guarantee prices will hold as any subsequent release will likely come at a premium.

While some vintages of Krug require a few additional years in the cellar before they reveal their full splendor, such is not the case with this brilliant 2004. Wonderfully expressive, flamboyant, and engaging from the first sip to the last, the 2004 has everything one could hope for in a bottle of Champagne. And while it is a delight to drink now, this gem will continue to reward for decades to come. This is an offer you’ll need to act on quickly as indicators point it being an instant sell-out. For fans of the best Champagne has to offer, 2004 Krug is a must-have.

Also, available is the Krug 160th Edition, which as you might have guessed, was built on a base of the 2004 vintage with the oldest vintage going back to 1990. A remarkable wine in its own right, the 160th "Grande Cuvée" it is a forward and expressive rendition with broad appeal. Its broad and expansive palate is indicative of the Krug approach. Both the serious collector and casual Champagne drinker is sure to be thrilled.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2004 Krug Brut Champagne 97 $269.00 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 160 Ème Édition Brut Champagne $159.99 View


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2004 Krug Brut Champagne ($269.00)

97 points John Gilman: "The new release of 2004 Krug is absolutely beautiful and is already quite elegant andopen on both the nose and palate and is drinking with great finesse. I had expected this wine tobe a bit more steely in structure out of the blocks, but the refinement of the blend this year hasproduced a wine that is already a joy to drink at age thirteen, though it will continue agegracefully for many, many decades to come. The cépages in 2004 is thirty-nine percentchardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-four percent pinot meunier, with the winehaving been disgorged in the winter of 2016. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a refined mixof apple, a touch of walnut, warm bread, lavender, a superb base of soil tones and a topnote ofsmokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with vibrant acids, great focus and grip, a lovely core, refined mousse and a very long, complex, racy and energeticfinish. There is marvelous precision here on both the nose and palate, not to mention a sense ofharmony and grace that is fairly rare in the 2004 vintage. Chapeau! 2017-2060." (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. (AG) 97+" (12/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Fresh, zesty spiced lemon and citrus notes of top Meunier and elegantly built Chardonnay, with a hint of honeysuckle and spice. Supremely subtle mouthfeel, showing textural quince and plum flavours.Optimally ripe, not heavy, with magical, very Krug-like acidity. It's so fresh. From a fine Chardonnay year, it has the ideal blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier. Great potential. (ME)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "ID 216022. 39% Chardonnay, 24% Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir. They thought this would be ready before the 2002, so they had some bottles disgorged in 2014. The 2004 growing season benefited from 2003 when there was such a small yield post frost that the vines built up reserves, meaning that 2004 was a very generous crop and selection was permitted. Very pure and greenish straw. Savoury nose. Very dense but flyaway linseed nose. Quite rich on the palate. Tight knit. Very solid with baked-apple flavours. Lots of density. Called luminous freshness by the Krug team. Masses of energy. (JR) 18+/20 points" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: The much-anticipated 2004 vintage release from Krug is composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Meunier. It was first disgorged after 12 years of ageing on the lees, and held for another year in the cellar before release. As the Maison articulates, "The wines of the year [2004] were at once highly expressive, bright and undeniably elegant. The vivacity, tension and citrus notes of the Meuniers and the shining Chardonnays combined with the backbone of the Pinot Noir gave rise to a very balanced year. Combining generosity and precision, elegance and character, Krug 2004 tells the vibrant story of a fresh year."

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 16, 2017

Next to the legendary 2002 vintage Krug, this 2004 is also a star. Very, very, bright with generous acidity that combines with white stone fruit and almond flavors. It still retains the elegant mousse and brioche of classic vintage Krug, but, the acidity is the star player here. Super fresh, and clean, and bracing. This bottling has the potential of being the star of your cellar and may even overshadow the 2002 eventually. If you prefer to drink it without cellar time, give it a few minutes to air in your glass so that the glorious texture has a chance to come out and say "hi". The 2004 is a classic and will be remembered as being one of Krug's best!

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 15, 2017

I was lucky enough to taste the Krug 2004 Vintage right next to the Krug Grand Cuvee Edition 160 - which has 2004 as its foundation. It was a joy to contemplate the artistry of both approaches. The Grand Cuvee featuring the expert blending of reserve wines back to 1990 to create the top expression of this house. Contrasted with the purity of the 2004 Vintage. A glimpse into that particular growing season, like a portrait representing a moment in time that will be referred back-to again and again. The 2004 Vintage is exquisite, vibrant and fresh - a prime candidate for cellar ageing. And when compared to some of its peers from other regions like Burgundy or Bordeaux, a supreme value!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

The latest vintage release from Krug since the legendary 2002 release is a different animal altogether. It comes from a vintage that fully benefited from the poor crop output of 2003, using the unspent energy for amazing crop yields across Champagne in 2004. It offers fineness, intensity, complexity and real aging power. Upon its release, some 13 years after production, it is vibrantly youthful and fresh, with nuanced notes of citrus, yeasty toast, saffron and dried apricots. This will go for many more years.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 23, 2017

Tasting the new 2004 Krug next to the 2002 was a revelation for me. This has the power and mid-palate presence that we all love from this great house, but it is married to the extraordinary freshness, minerality and purity of the 2004 vintage. As soon as I touched my lips to the glass I was transported back to the moment over a decade ago when I tasted the 1988 on release. The 2004s and 1988s are like peas in a pod, and I think this will be a vintage that collectors will be kicking themselves for not paying enough attention to. The finish on this bright, lively Krug is still with me the morning after drinking it. It is a Champagne for the ages.

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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 160 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Smooth and jazzy and utterly swallowable. Long and richly savoury. Fabulous! Open. Perfect now. Rich and exciting. 19/20 points (JR)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: This 160th batch of Krug Grand Cuvée is based on 2004. Almost all of it was sold as Grand Cuvée, but a small amount was set aside to be sold in a six pack of Krug editions, which we split up to give more Krug lovers access to it. Going forward, each new batch of Krug will feature not only the ID on the back, but also the edition on the front, counting up from the foundation of the house in the 1800s. Since this was dated posthumously, it is bound to become a collectors item...That being said, it is all the better to drink it! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This is one of my favorite bottlings of Grand Cuvée, and after a few years of time on the cork, entering its prime drinking window. This is composed of 12 different vintages spanning 1990 to 2004, and the cepage is 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 23% Meunier. The chef de cave points out the 1995 Avize in this blend as particularly important, and I can't help but think I can taste the vivacious complexity of old Grand Cru Chardonnay in this spectacular Krug. If you are looking for bountiful toasty generosity, kaleidoscopic complexity and wonderful refreshment, it is all here in this bottle. I think this drinks far better than the 2004 vintage right now -- and better than almost all of the more expensive Champagne that we carry. Don't miss it!