1985 Krug "Collection" Brut Champagne

SKU #1060656 97 points Wine & Spirits

 The cadence of this wine is mesmerizing, as mature notes and fresh red fruits pace each other into the distance, a pensive race with no end in sight. The aroma has the warm lift of sunlight on autumn leaves; the complex flavors are the essence of a fine red Burgundy. The energy in the wine is what lingers, a buzz that focuses thought (rather than the buzz from alcohol that would blur it). A pleasure to drink now, this has years ahead of it.  (12/2008)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Animated and fresh, this is exotic on the nose and palate, with a finely woven tapestry of ground ginger, chamomile, pineapple pâte de fruit, grilled nut and biscuit flavors. Refined in texture and persistent on the long, truffle-laced finish. (AN)  (12/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1985 Brut Collection takes some time in the glass to finally open up. I love the way the 1985 turns burnished and vinous with air. Hazelnuts, ash, smoke and truffles are some of the nuances that flow from this rich, textured Collection. I have tasted the 1985 four times recently and this is one of the finer, fresher bottles I have sampled. (AG)  (12/2010)

94 points Vinous

 A beautiful bottle of the 1985 Krug Collection bridged the gap between the older and younger wines. This is a beautifully poised, generous and compelling wine with superb balance and purity. (AG)  (7/2008)

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