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2006 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #1445137 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Krug 2006 is composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier and shows an impressive aromatic richness of white flowers, smoke and toasted hazelnuts. There’s both density and crystalline texture here, with a vinous palate that's deep and complex too. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it's a superb Champagne. (YC) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Krug's superb 2006 Brut, which will be released this year, numbers among the vintage's high points, unfurling in the glass with a complex and expressive bouquet of tarte tatin, warm biscuits, ginger, honeycomb, dried white flowers, smoke and toasted nuts. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a fleshy attack that reflects the warm vintage but segues into a beautifully vibrant palate that's deep and surprisingly reserved, displaying superb definition, delicately chalky structure and a long, lively finish. While this is a powerful vintage Krug, it's also beautifully balanced and will give immense pleasure for decades. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Krug 2006 Vintage is bright, tense and full of energy. Lemon confit, pastry, chamomile, dried flowers and tangerine oil all race out of the glass. The breadth of the Pinot comes through on the mid-palate and finish, as the 2006 gains power and resonance with a bit of aeration. Light tropical inflections, along with hints of almond and spice, open up later, adding further shades of nuance. Although it has just been released, the 2006 is unusually open and a real pleasure to taste today. In most vintages, Krug demands cellaring, but in the 2006 readers will find a Krug Vintage that is superb, even in the early going. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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. Drink now through 2030. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 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 Quite rich and polished. No hint of astringency. But zesty on top and with lots of undertow. (I’ve never heard anyone say of a Krug vintage that it shouldn’t have been released.) Long with a particularly rich finish. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

K&L Notes

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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