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V97+: Krug 2004 Reload - Another Chance at this Spectacular Vintage - 02/06/2018 - 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 is a wine that 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 to it being an instant sell-out. For fans of the best Champagne has to offer, 2004 Krug is a must-have.

We have another excellent opportunity for the Champagne lover today: the 164 and 165 editions from Krug. Both are absolutely brilliant wines that illustrate why Krug remains one of the most revered houses in all of Champagne. While each has its own unique profile both carry the tell-tale richness and body for which Krug is so well known. When it comes to multi-vintage Champagne, Krug stands in a category all its own. Like the 2004, our allocations for this stunning pair is limited, so we strongly recommend quick action to secure your bottles. These are age-worthy Champagnes you definitely don’t want to miss.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2004 Krug Brut Champagne 97 $269.00 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 164 Ème Édition Brut Champagne 97 $159.99 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 165 Ème Édition Brut Champagne 95 $159.99 View


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2004 Krug Brut Champagne ($269.00)

97 points Decanter: "This is the current and latest vintage release from Krug, and is a fitting successor to 2002, though it's very different in style - unusually, the blend contains more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. Despite this, it is hallmark Krug with its oxidative profile. It has a luminous freshness and good density without heaviness. Theres a controlled power to this poised, vinous, linear 2004, displaying candied fruits, minerals, gingerbread, white chocolate, caramel and marzipan. This has a long, dry autolytic finish, great balance and lovely bead. Disgorged just after the next, and very different, vintage we tasted, the Krug 2003. Drinking Window 2017-2037. (JS)" (11/2017)

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 has produced a wine that is already a joy to drink at age thirteen, though it will continue age gracefully for many, many decades to come. The cépages in 2004 is thirty-nine percent Chardonnay, thirty-seven percent Pinot Noir and twenty-four percent Pinot Meunier, with the wine having been disgorged in the winter of 2016. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a refined mix of apple, a touch of walnut, warm bread, lavender, a superb base of soil tones and a topnote of smokiness. 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 energetic finish. There is marvelous precision here on both the nose and palate, not to mention a sense of harmony and grace that is fairly rare in the 2004 vintage. Chapeau! 2017-2060." (11/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "This is an extremely fresh edition and remains in a restrained mode with an intense serve of Chardonnay's lemon citrus dominating the nose alongside lime zest, bright florals, grassy elements, fresh dough, white stones and very subtle background spice. The palate has a svelte and elegant shape. Smoother than the 2002, it shares the same quality of precision but not the raging power of that vintage. The poise is unquestionable, the wine very reserved, with plenty of lemon-infused citrus flavors, hints of fresh cashew and a lot of potential. Acidity holds superbly, the dosage is exactly where it should be. This is a classic release. It's all about Chardonnay. Best from 2022 and will mature gracefully in linear style in bottle for several decades." (01/2018)

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)

Jancis Robinson: "ID 216022. Disgorged spring 2016. 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 24% Meunier. Named 'Luminous Freshness' at Krug. The beautiful weather in harvest time from mid-September to early October made 2004 a generous year following the challenging extremes and limited yields of 2003.Tasted blind. Very lively mousse. Pale straw. Even a slight green streak to the colour. Neat, dense and flirtatious on the nose. Very fresh and zesty on the nose. Hugely tight and green and tense on the palate. Very youthful. Marked acidity and very bracing indeed. As though based on a very youthful vintage. Bone-dry finish. The nose is much more developed than the palate. 18.5+/20 points." (11/2017)

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" 164 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring. (AG)" (07/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A seamless Champagne, with vibrant acidity and flavors of toasted almond, baked currant and golden raisin. Long and mouthwatering, with a finely detailed bead carrying the flavors to the lasting finish, with accents of spice, pastry cream and coffee. Disgorged spring 2016. Drink now through 2027. (AN)" (11/2017)

95 points John Gilman: "The 164th Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is absolutely brilliant and one of the bestiterations of this iconic wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. This is not surprising, as itis from the base year of 2008, though the team at Krug utilized reserve wines all the way back to1990 in this version. The final cépages is forty-eight percent pinot noir, thirty-five percentchardonnay and seventeen percent pinot meunier, with the wine spending eight years in the Krugcellars sur latte. The beautiful bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, white peach,fresh-baked bread, very complex soil tones, white flowers, incipient smokiness and just a hint ofthe caraway seed to come with bottle age. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied andseamlessly balanced, with a great core, utterly refined mousse, superb focus and grip and a very,very long, complex and zesty finish. The vibrancy of the exceptional base year of 2008 is verymuch in evidence here and this is destined to be one of the all-time great Grande Cuvées. 2017-2065+" (07/2017)

90 points Decanter: "By Krug's endlessly patient precepts, this is still a baby. The base is 2008, a great year that needs a lot more time for the assembled reserve wines to bring balance and maturity. Today, the wine is very linear, brisk, fresh and invigorating, but some way from its peak. Worth keeping for at least another decade.Drinking Window 2017 - 2030. (ME)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Based on 2008. Very dense mouthful with a significantly dry finish. Decidedly intellectual rather than a wine for glugging. 18/20 points" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: This long awaitied edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is based on the 2008 vintage and composed of 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 17% Meunier.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2017

Krug never fails to impress, and the racy 164 Ème release based on the cooler, dazzling 2008 vintage is destined for greatness, although right now is just a baby. Upon first sip, it lacks the rounded, easy accessibility of the 163rd, instead presenting sharp minerality that showcases the special chalky soil of Krugs vineyard sites. This is a bottle to cellar, and I have no doubt will reward you with the classic Krug brioche, pear fruit and almond complexity after a few more years of age. Drink the 163 Ème for your next celebration, and save this gorgeous 164th edition for the future.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

The 164th edition of Krug is only the second comercial release with the edition on the front label- and what an addition it is! Based on the fantastic 2008 vintage, this spectacular Champagne is composed of 11 different vintages going all the way back to 1990. While the 163rd edition drinks better today, this great bottle of Champagne will eclipse nearly anything that a collector could buy at this price after a few years in a good cellar. Not only does this have the breadth and depth of power that we all love in Krug, it has the chalky electric energy of the 2008 vintage. This is already becoming a legend in its own time... But in a few years, look out!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

Krug Grand Cuvee has long been a go-to for me when it comes to a luxury Champagne. It has the magic combination of brand recognition (aka "bling factor") but also consistently maintains exceptional quality (something that can't be said for some of it's peers). Krug is the benchmark for richer styles of Champagne. It has a crowd pleasing nutty, toasty character but also a beautiful acid line and lingering minerality. This house is also undoubtedly THE master of blending. They have a staggering amount of reserve wines from different villages, single parcels and past vintages. You might think that the mastery of this blending technique would be kept close to the chest as a proprietary secret...and yet the opposite is true! Krug has embraced full transparency when it comes to what components make up their Grand Cuvee placing an ID number on each and every bottle that details its composition. They have now started noting what "Edition" the wine comes from front and center on the label. My take is that when you do everything with the true diligence and commitment to detail that Krug does then I guess you don't have anything to hide! Finally (talk about burying the lead...) this 164th Edition of the Grand Cuvee is largely based on 2008 with reserve wines back to 1990! The focus, tension and linear nature of the legendary 2008 vintage is clear to see in this bottling. This is a seriously good and very distinctive bottling of Grand Cuvee and I believe

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

While this wine is based on 2008, the oldest of the 11 vintage blend is 1990- my birth year, so I find this wine lucky from the start! 8+ years on the lees and almost half Pinot Noir, the Grand Cuvee 164 has undeniable earth undertones intermingling with a mix of tart lemon zest and sweet meyer lemon.Angular but complex, allowing this wine come into its own will be rewarding for all.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2017

Not at all a surprise, this edition of the Grande Cuvée based on the now legendary 2008 vintage is stunning. Saffron, pears and brioche, thrilling acidity and precision rarely seen in lesser champagnes make this a must-buy for collectors and connoisseurs.

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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 165 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid acidity drives this richly expressive Champagne, while wild cherry, blood orange sorbet, lime blossom, spun honey and spice notes play on the fine, satinlike mousse. Its tightly-knit and racy, with the lasting finish echoing the expansive flavor range. Disgorged fall 2016. (AN)" (04/2018)

K&L Notes: Based on the 2009 vintage, and the "rarest batch ever for Grande Cuvée because of caution instilled by the economic crisis," according to Jancis Robinson. Antonio Galloni echoes this sentiment saying it is a mere 10% of normal, only going to select markets, and not one to miss. He also calls it a "total stunner" and on par with the 97-point 164th edition - don't wait on the press, it'll most likely be gone by the time anything formal is written on this gem.