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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 166 Ème Édition Brut Champagne

SKU #1360814 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 15% 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) 96+ Inner quote mark (11/2018)

95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The bottle of the '166ème Edition' Krug Grand Cuvée that I reported on in the last issue of the newsletter had been delivered to my office on one of the hottest days of the summer. Consequently, though the wine showed very well indeed, I had a gnawing feeling that perhaps the scorching weather might have affected that bottle just a touch and I reached out to the folks at Krug to see if I could get another sample to report on for this article. I was glad that I did, for though the last bottle showed very well, there was more cut, grip and backend energy in this most recent bottle, which arrived on a far more temperate day. As I noted in the last article. The 166ème Edition is composed of a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier. The wine is from the base year of 2010, but fully 42% of the cuvée is composed of reserve wines, with disgorgement done in the winter of 2017. The bouquet is superb, offering up notes of pear, apple, fresh-baked bread, a lovely base of soil elements, orange peel, gentle smokiness and a topnote of caraway seed. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and properly zesty, with an outstanding core of fruit, laser-like focus, refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the complex and impeccably balanced finish. My previous bottle was just a touch more forward in personality, which I now attribute to the heat of its delivery day. Great juice. Inner quote mark (11/2018)

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. (AN) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 166th manifestation of Monsieur Krug’s inspiration has as its youngest year 2010 - a season described by Eric Lebel as ‘tumultuous’ - its fruits wonderfully complemented by 42% reserve wine going back to 1998. The final blend has only 16% Pinot Meunier, and unsurprisingly the 45% Pinot Noir is starting to assert itself with notes of nectarine and redcurrant garlanded by soft spices and honey, while Chardonnay’s citric grip remains discrete in the background. Despite its relative youth in terms of the Krug canon, this is already exceptionally complete and purer, maybe, than the Krugs of old. There's no compromise in terms of power and intellectual intrigue. (FS) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The MV Grande Cuvée 166ème, based on the 2010 vintage, offers good depth, but it also comes across as a bit angular and in need of time in bottle to soften. Certainly, next to the 2008 and 2009 editions, the 2010 is a touch rough around the edges. Even so, there is good freshness and verve to the bright citrus, mineral and floral flavors. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

K&L Notes

The Krug 166 Ème Édition is composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay, and 16% Meunier. It is made up of wines from 1998 to 2010; 10 vintages in all were selected. Only 58% of the blend is 2010, the rest are reserves. It has seen a minimum of seven years aging on the lees. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2018 | Send Email
Hopefully you've been heeding our advice over the years and buying Krug Grand Cuvee as often as your budget will allow. If you have, you are in luck, since now you have a previous edition of Krug to enjoy while you put this 166 Eme at the bottom of your pile! This most recent edition is elegant, taut and precise - a prime candidate for a little nap in your cellar. If you simply cannot wait to pop the cork, I recommend pairing it with something rich and savory...foie gras terrine, shrimp and vegetable tempura, or fresh egg pasta tossed with truffle butter.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
The wine was loaded with limey, Puligny like drive and a ton of chalky minerality, and I would have guessed that it had even more than the 39% Chardonnay that they did use in it. It cut the fish like a razor blade, and had fantastic structure and chalky length. I think this is a great one to put down for a few years. It is brimming with power! I think this is the most concentrated Grand Cuvée that I have drunk young. My suspicion is that little, and perhaps no vintage wine will be made at Krug in 2010, allowing them to use lots that would normally go into more expensive wines. This is the conundrum of multi-vintage blends. The market scrambles for lots like the 164- which had a majority of the great 2008 in it. But, we know that there will almost certainly be not only Krug vintage 2008, but also Clos du Mesnil and Clos Ambonnay, meaning those wines were not available for the Grande Cuvée. Many at Krug say that the best Grande Cuvée that they have drunk is the 157- which is mostly from the miserable 2001 vintage. They put all the best stuff in it- that is something to think about!
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