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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 166 Ème Édition Brut Champagne

SKU #1360814 95 points John Gilman

 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 forty-five percent pinot noir, thirty-nine percent chardonnay and sixteen percent pinot meunier. The wine is from the base year of 2010, but fully forty-two percent 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. 2018-2050.  (11/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (12/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (8/2018)

94 points Decanter

 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)  (10/2018)

94 points Vinous

 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)  (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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Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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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Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12