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Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)

SKU #100177 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. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A distinctive nose with honey, toast and cashew leads to a palate that's just as powerful and pronounced, with an exotic, dry, umami richness comprising dried crystalline fruits, peach, biscuit and cream, and a touch of well-executed oak. Good acidity and terrific length. (JS) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Krug’s NV Brut Grande Cuvee ID 112001 -- disgorged already over the winter of 2011-2012 but then further aged before release -- reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house’s more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning....Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital-'U' umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones....The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result. (DS) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This mouthwatering Champagne shows a lovely sense of finesse, with firm acidity deftly married to a rich profile of crème de cassis, toasted brioche and lime blossom, accented by hints of café au lait, singed orange peel and exotic spice. Long and plush on the finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

94 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)

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)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This rounded, well-textured wine is dominated by Pinot Noir, with a distinctly mineral streak from the Chardonnay. Poised between richness and elegance, it is ready to drink. Krug numbers the successive blends of its Grande Cuvée because it regards each blending as unique. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

K&L Notes

The makeup of Krug’s Grande Cuvée, first released in 1843, has long been kept under wraps but with the release of the 158th Edition the details of the most prestigious of “house style” wines has been revealed: a blend of 120-200+ base wines, three grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier) and 10-20+ vintages. Each release is based on—but not defined by—a particular vintage and curious consumers can now get insight into the technical details, including the disgorgement date, on the Krug website by simply referencing the ID code found on the back label.


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
What indulgence is more romantic than a half bottle of Krug? I can't think of one. This little bottle is assembled from a generation of harvests and has the complexity of great old Champagne while keeping the freshness of a current release. It is the perfect size to enjoy with someone special before (or after!) a nice meal! My favorite memory with a half bottle of Krug Grand Cuvee was with Cinnamon on the train to dinner in the city. Even the conductor was jealous!

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