Krug "Grande Cuvée" 163 Ème Édition Brut Champagne

SKU #1289423 95 points Vinous

 The NV Grand Cuvée 163 Edition is wonderfully open-knit and giving, qualities that make it a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next 30 or so years. Pastry, apricot, lemon confit, chamomile and white flowers, along with soft contours, give the wine its inviting, alluring personality. There is more than enough energy and overall freshness to support several decades of fine drinking. Even so, the 163 is virtually impossible to resist at this early stage. (AG)  (7/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 A racehorse of a Champagne, this mouthwatering sparkler offers aromatic hints of toast and vanilla lacing the tightly knit profile of crème de cassis, ground coffee and mandarin orange peel flavors, with a long thread of anise and cardamom spice notes unraveling on the palate. This is like raw silk. (AN)  (8/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 The is the 163rd creation of Krug Grande Cuvée, code 315051, which is based on the 2007 vintage. The oldest wine is from 1990 and the youngest 2007 with 183 wines from 12 vintages. In this early-harvest year aromas were more impressive than taste. Thus the reserve wines lend the complexity, roundness, body and length which were missing. 37% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 6 g/l. Disgorged spring 2014. Tasted blind. Mellow nose. Savoury and almost meat and two vegy. Very firm. Marked acidity. Throat-warming finish. Very fine peacock‚Äôs tail finish. Edgy and youthful and very good. 19/20 points (JR)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

This 163rd batch of Krug Grand Cuvee is based on 2007. 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 in years from the foundation of the house in 1843.

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2017 | Send Email
Based on 2007 and blended with 12 vintages, oldest being 1990 (my birth year and favorite of them all!) is very much a classic Krug Grand Cuvee. Sweeter citrus and a broader palate, the wine is almost evenly 30% each Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier. It is refined, balanced, and checks all the boxes of those classic Krug flavors we know and love.

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 12