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Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne

SKU #100010 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very complex nose here with ripe, deep lemon and grapefruit aromas on offer plus some restrained chalky elements, biscuit, some roasting herbs, hints of pepper, then a little tobacco too. Very complex and full of fresh characters. The palate has a wealth of different fruit flavors like lemon, peach, nectarine, and plums. The finesse in terms of structure, detail and precision is staggering; sherbet-like elegance with immense concentration and power. A great Grande Cuvée. Incredibly satisfying. Based on 2006. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Compared to Krug's 160th edition, the bright golden-yellow colored NV Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition (ID117010) is still a baby that shows the chalky and fruity features of a young white Burgundy intermixed with notes of Schwarzwälder Kirsch (dark cherries with black chocolate) and floral (ammonia) flavors on the pure, fresh and elegant yet intense and still yeasty brioche nose with its ripe apple aromas and refreshingly bright (lemon juice) overtones. Round, wide and very elegant yet also straight and tense on the palate, this 2010-dominated cuvée is very delicate, fresh and chalky but also dense and lush in its vinous texture. The finish is well-structured, fresh and persistent, indicating great complexity and vibrancy. However, I would wait at least another three years, during which time the 166th edition will gain even more finesse and quiet. The 166ème Édition is composed of 140 wines from 13 different harvests between 1998 and 2010, and it's a blend of 45% Pinot Noir with 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier, the latter of which provides the vivacity that the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs surprisingly didn't have in 2010, a vintage that was marked by its 'tumultuous climate,' as Eric Lebel writes. Tasted in New York in November 2018. (SR) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light gold. Nectarine, poached pear, toasted nuts, anise and buttered toast on the complex, mineral-tinged nose. Deeply concentrated but energetic and precise as well, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with notes of brioche and marzipan. A bitter citrus pith note adds definition to the impressively long, smoky finish. Shows more power and heft than I've experienced from this bottling in recent years. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is the latest incarnation of Grande Cuvée, now in its 166th edition. Toasty aromas signal an enticingly mature wine, rich with intense secondary flavors. It preserves the wonderful richness and the style of this producer. The wine is ready to drink now, but it will be also enjoyable for many more years. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This mouthwatering Champagne feels like a swathe of raw silk on the palate, where flavors of sun-dried white cherry, toast and Meyer lemon peel are accented by expressive saffron, ground coffee and mandarin orange peel aromas. Long and racy on the honey-, spice- and smoke-laced finish. Disgorged winter 2017. Drink now through 2025. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark This was the current release of Grande Cuvée when I visited Champagne Krug back in mid-April of 2015 and it is a beautiful wine. The reserve wines here go back to 1990 and the wine was disgorged in the summer of 2013. The cépages on this release is forty-four percent Pinot Noir, thirty-five percent Chardonnay and twenty-one percent Pinot Meunier. The bouquet is young and beautifully refined, offering up scents of apple, pear, complex minerality, a touch of orange zest, gentle smokiness and a topnote of cardamom. On the palate the wine is deep, full- bodied, crisp and complex, with a lovely girdle of acidity, superb focus and grip, a deep core, very refined mousse and excellent length on the complex finish. This is certainly a fine glass of Champagne today, but its real apogee is probably still a decade down the road. (Drink between 2015-2045) 94+ Inner quote mark (1/2016)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A brisk and powerful release of Grande Cuvée, this has the masculine charm of a linebacker as it pummels the palate with lime and seashells, lemon and tangerine flavors. The wine’s intensity and richness has a mouthwatering effect in the finish, lasting in resonant layers of flavor—powerful, yet gracious in the end. Inner quote mark (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mellow nose. Savoury and almost meat and two vegy. Very firm. Marked acidity. Throat-warming finish. Very fine peacock’s tail finish. Edgy and youthful and very good. A second taste suggests it falls away a little. And it’s a tad dry on the end. Could this be based on 2006? 19/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2017)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
The Krug Grand Cuvée is a wine fully deserving of every big of prestige it commands, which is a lot! Krug is so far ahead of the competition that in an industry where production details are well-guarded secrets, Krug lays it all out for everyone to see — no one comes close to putting the effort and trouble that Krug puts into the Grand Cuvée. Blended from over 120 different wines from 12 different vintages going back to 1990, the wine displays depth and maturity and youth and freshness at the same time! Rich, ripened stone fruit flavors with aged white-Burgundy notes and warm brioche undertones. Its freshness is reinforced by a focused acid and a mineral-driven mousse. Despite its price, this is still one of the best values from Champagne.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
I was lucky enough to drink this with Krug's CEO, Margareth Henriquez. Margareth explained the new codes on the backs of the bottles, that allow the Champagne lover to learn the disgorgement date, year of the base harvest of the wine as well as the number of vintages blended in and the oldest of them. She was far too modest about this new feature, as it reverses the secretiveness for which Krug has long been known. Now, thanks to her influence, Krug is one of the most transparent houses. Our bottle was Krug at its toasty, extroverted best, with plenty of buttery brioche and mid-palate weight. It also had zing and acidity, and showed attractive aspects of both youth and maturity.

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
Customers constantly ask me what my favorite champagnes are and I always tell people that each bottle is like a child to me and you can't possibly ask a mom to pick a favorite. But its a pretty well-known secret that Krug has always been a special little "baby" for me. Krug is hands-down my go-to tête de cuvée. While priced for those extra special occasions or a moment when you want to splurge, the Grand Cuvee over delivers and never disappoints. The grandeur of this cuvee is apparent immediately. Aromas of marzipan, Asian spice, white flowers and Meyer lemon are a mere tease of of what this cuvee possesses. The complexity on the nose is followed by a harmonious balance on the palate between the maturity of the oak-fermented reserve wines in juxtaposition with the focused, delineated acidity that comes from suppressing malolactic fermentation. Gorgeous now, even better with age, the Grand Cuvee is a must!

By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2009 | Send Email
Because you can never be too rich...or have too many bubbles! This Grand Cuvee is truly grand - very concentrated, with a silky smooth texture and length for days. Drink it on your private island, while sitting on your treasure chest and eating a foie gras cheeseburger! (tasted 6/10/09)

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