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Krug

Krug Champagne is a Champagne house founded by Joseph Krug in 1843. It is based principally in Reims, the main city in France’s Champagne region and is one of the famous Champagne houses that formed part of the Grande Marques. Today the house is majority owned by the multinational conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A. whose portfolio includes other wine known wine brands such as Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Château d'Yquem and Ruinart. Despite LVMH's majority ownership, the Krug family is still actively involved in all the key decisions of the house but does not manage the day-to-day operations.

Since summer 2011, every bottle of wine possesses its own Krug ID, a six-digit number which serves as a portal to further information about that bottle.

Krug produces mainly Krug Grande Cuvée, supplemented by a non-vintage rosé, a vintage blanc, a vintage blanc de blancs from the Clos du Mesnil in the Cotes de Blancs, a vintage blanc de noirs from the Clos d’Ambonnay and older vintages released as Krug Collection series.

On the nose, Krug is characterized by toasted, grilled, pastry or almond notes born from at least 6 years of ageing sur lies. On the palate, Krug is characterized by notes of fresh fruit, particularly citrus, and a freshness linked to grape selection. Krug does not suppress malolactic fermentation nor does it provoke it, with the majority of its wines not undergoing the process. Its wines are almost invariably dry (never more than 6.5g/l residual sugar).

The Krug line-up of Champagnes currently includes:

  • Krug Grande Cuvée
  • Krug Rosé
  • Krug Vintage
  • Krug Collection
  • Krug Clos du Mesnil
  • Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

White

1995

Krug

Champagne

94 AG

Mint 

6x75cl

0

IB

Sparkling wine

94 Antonio Galloni

I have a preference for the 1995 Brut Vintage, as it shows quite a bit more freshness and verve than the 1998. Mint, dried flowers, truffles and bright fruit are some of the nuances that flow from this precise, focused Champagne. The vibrant, refreshing finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Among recent vintages, the 1996 has rightly received a ton of attention here, while the 1995 is likely to remain an insider’s wine that is available at more favorable pricing.

 

93 Neal Martin

Deeper in colour than the Cristal ’99. This has a more engaging nose, although the oak is still just a little unresolved, but with lovely scents of melted wax, almond, acacia and a little clear honey. The palate is expressive and inviting, like the Cristal just lacking some acidity and more forward than I expected (more so than the Krug 82 tasted the previous week.) A good Krug, but there are certainly better vintages that will have more longevity. Drink now-2015 Tasted November 2007.


Price: £1,294.00

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