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2006 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #1445137 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark From the first whiff, the Krug 2006 has an alluring array of delectable scents, ranging from subtle notes of smoked almonds and flowers to gentle spices including curry and caraway. On the palate, the mouthfeel is generous and plush but has an underlying tannic tension to it, and finishes with a refreshing, nuanced bitter note. Its combination of freshness and power provide the right material to stay the distance of a decade or two. (YC) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark As I reported when it was released, Krug's 2006 Brut is clearly one of the vintage's highlights. Offering up aromas of dried fruits, pear, freshly baked bread, caramelized apples, honeycomb and toasted sourdough, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with superb concentration, racy acids and an impressively tightly wound profile for this demonstrative vintage. I observed last year that this is surprisingly reserved for the vintage, and if anything, that quality is even more in evidence today. While many 2006 Champagnes are likely to be at their best in their demonstrative youth, this is one wine unquestionably built for the long haul. (WK) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2006 Krug Vintage is fabulous. Here the richness, breadth and texture of Pinot come through loud and clear in a Champagne that is classic Krug. Red plum, coffee, spice, baked apple tart and lemon confit all flesh out effortlessly in the glass. The ripeness of the year is evident, and yet the vibrancy of the Chardonnay lends so much energy. The 2006 can be enjoyed today, but also has the balance and stuffing to develop well for many years to come. This is a superb showing from the 2006. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A stunner, with mouthwatering vibrancy and focus married to all of the opulence of a great 2006 Champagne. Richly fragrant, offering nutmeg, cardamom, jasmine, lemongrass, espresso and grilled nut notes enmeshed in a core of black currant and tangerine fruit flavors. Beautifully creamy and complex, this glides across the palate on the long, lasting finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very deep and layered vintage Champagne with a round, ample mouth feel. It’s full-bodied with lots of cooked apple and mirabelle, as well as biscuit undertones. Hints of stone and flint. It’s flavorful. Delicious now and will age beautifully. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The heat of the 2006 season ripened this wine to a fleshy roundness, even as Eric Lebel’s blending skills brought the wine to a brisk balance and a stark beauty. The wine is 48 percent pinot noir, mostly from the Montagne de Reims, with 35 percent chardonnay and 17 percent pinot meunier (from Leuvrigny and Sainte-Gemme). Its youthful brightness has sustained fresh apple flavors, red-apple-skin tannins and lemon-blossom scents through 12 years of aging, the only sign of that age borne out in notes of brioche. It’s a substantial wine, with a long life ahead. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark More savoury than the Clos du Mesnil 2006 and with more obvious autolysis. The nose is decidedly steely and the palate somehow manages to be both firm and yet quite rich with a considerable undertow. This is a distinctly muscular champagne: big, bold and definitely approachable. I tried the open bottle again a couple of days later and the wine didn't seem to have changed much in bottle. (JR) 18/20 Inner quote mark (9/2020)

K&L Notes

Eric Lebel, chef de cave at Krug, compares this vintage to 1989 and 2002, both warm years that created Champagne with power and scale. The composition of the wine is 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 17% Meunier. The terroir for the Pinot Noir includes not only the traditional mountain of Reims villages, but also a significant proportion of Les Riceys, a village just 3 miles from the border of Champagne and Burgundy. I think that this might be where they find the capricious, complex, beguiling savor that this wine has so much of. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)


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