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Krug 2002
ODE TO NATURE

The expression of the year 2002 as revealed by Krug : Ode to Nature.

It is a charismatic Champagne which beautifully combines natural intensity, delicacy and insolent elegance. Krug 2002 is the first Krug vintage of the Millennium.

As with Krug 1988, released after 1989, Krug 2002 comes after 2003. As with all Krug Champagnes, Krug 2002 will continue to gain with the passage of time.

KRUG iD 415064

Received its cork
Autumn 2015
Blend
PN(40%), CH(39%), M(21%)
The oldest wine
2002
The youngest wine
2002
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Portrait of Eric Lebel
“Nature was truly at its most resplendent in 2002: from the very first tastings we felt its generosity in very plot. To honour that very special year we named Krug 2002 Ode to Nature.”

This bottle spent at least 12 years in Krug’s cellars, receiving its cork in autumn 2015.
Composed of a selection of the year’s most characterful wines, Krug 2002 is the expression of the year 2002 revealed by Krug.

The year 2002 was exceptionally clement and will be remembered for its long summer of warm days and cool nights that offered the ideal conditions for grape maturation. The harvest began in mid-September and when the grapes arrived at the press, they were in excellent condition and fine health. The juices they expressed offered a superb balance between maturity and freshness. Those from certain Pinot Noir plots on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims were particularly beautiful.
When the time came to taste the young wines, we discovered them to be highly expressive with beautiful structure, great intensity and elegance. Their generosity was so astonishing that it seemed as if each one had already benefitted from the art of blending.
Krug 2002 is the story of a balanced, bountiful year captured by Krug. Embodying the House’s patience and understanding of time, this charismatic Champagne was presented after Krug 2003 to enable it to fully express its natural intensity, delicacy and insolent elegance.

The final composition of Krug 2002 is 40% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 21% Meunier.

At the House of Krug every Vintage is crafted to be different, celebrating the distinct character of a particular year. It is as if Krug 2002 were the music of the year, captured by Krug.
 
Eric Lebel

Comments

Tasting notes

At first sight a lovely bright golden colour.

A very charismatic fresh nose, promise of natural intensity and elegance with strong presence of fruits, fruits of all types. A diverse bouquet of orange aromas with some notes of liquorice and light chocolate biscuit can be enjoyed.

On the palate, astonishing, balanced and delicate with significant fresh, tropical, wild and crystalised fruits. It is a hymn to fruit: red, white and citrus fruit with notes of cassis, chocolate, candied-orange peel, cocoa beans, honey with hints of smoke and toast enhanced by a vibrant, persistent long finish.

Storing & serving

  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 1
    The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F - 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 2
    Krug has created The Joseph, a unique crystal glass whose shape enables the bubbles to reach their optimal expression and allows the discovery of the incredible bouquet of aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 3
    If you do not have The Joseph glass, you may prefer a white Burgundy glass to a flute, to enable the expression of Krug Champagne’s flavors and aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 4
    As a Prestige Cuvée, Krug Champagnes age beautifully, the time revealing their richness and elegance.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 5
    Your Champagne should be stored in a wine cellar, or in a cool (between 10 to 15 °C - 50 to 59 °F) dry and away from light place, the exact conditions of Krug cellars.

Food pairing

ratings

" It is chock-full of acidity and life, is really muscular and (...) intellectual. (...) There is nothing in excess; a great example of the Krug art of assemblage. Very solid and concentrated but not heavy at all."

 

Jancis Robinson
Note: 19/20
Music pairing by Jean Philippe Collard
PIANIST
Jean Philippe Collard
Music Pairing JJCollard effet Vitre

"To me, Symphony No.6, Tchaikovsky's 3rd movement, summons up the triumph of nature itself with its flamboyant, colorful orchestration: a kind of certitude, a tribute to creative genius. The pinnacle of expression."

 

 

Pierre Monteux Jean Philippe Collard - Pierre Monteux_Tchaïkowsky Symphonie n°6, 3° mouvement
Jean Philippe Collard