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Krug Grande Cuvée
Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir-faire: a blend of more than 120 wines from ten or more different years.
Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Around twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige Champagne re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.
This half-bottle spent at least 5 years in Krug's cellars developing its particular expression and elegance, receiving its cork in Autumn 2015.
As it is a half-bottle, it leaves the cellars earlier and we recommend that you enjoy it soon rather than keep it for later.
Every year since the foundation of the House of Krug, a new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée is created to offer the fullest expression of Champagne.
This half-bottle belongs to the 166ème Édition, a blend of 140 wines from 13 different years. The youngest dates back to 2010 and the oldest to 1998. Every glass poured from it is the fruit of around 20 years of careful craftsmanship.
Krug Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition was composed around the harvest of 2010. A year defined by its tumultuous climate, the grapes nonetheless showed great promise until the cool end to the growing season brought cause for concern. The careful attention given to the vines during this challenging period and Krug's unique respect for the individual character of each plot proved crucial to ensuring a yield in good health and of ideal maturity. Unusually, the Chardonnay wines from the Côte de Blancs region did not reveal their habitual freshness, but the House's non-conformist approach to Champagne creation led us to counterbalance this with the vivacity of the year's Meunier wines, such as those from Sainte-Gemme and Courmas.
A selection of carefully chosen, relatively young reserve wines makes up 42% of the composition, most notable among them those from the year 2000 for their remarkable structure and those from Oger for their generous roundness. The 2006 wines from Verzy and Bouzy added the final touch to the blend, imparting to it the harmony so essential to the creation of every Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée.
The final composition of this bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée is 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 16% Meunier.
Krug Grande Cuvée is born from the dream of one man, Joseph Krug, to offer the very best Champagne every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. Each year, the House of Krug honours this dream with a new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée: the fullest expression of Champagne.
As you taste it, notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise. You may even taste hints of apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, almonds, marzipan, gingerbread, sweet spices and even brioche and honey.
You may also notice its exceptional freshness in the mouth, with rich and tangy flavours of lemon and grapefruit enhanced by the subtlety of its fine and elegant bubbles. Krug Grande Cuvée can age beautifully.
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The enticing pepper manifests its myriad forms differently around the world with varied expressions – raw, grilled, roasted, as a condiment or even iced – making it an intriguing match for Krug, the most versatile of Champagnes.
Over twenty years go into creating each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee,
to pair it with black truffle is to create a union of the best of Nature’s offering.
Simply the smell of fresh, delicate truffle is enough to evoke the fresh scents
of autumn fruit in Krug Grande Cuvee; they can be combined in any way,
no matter how simple, the experience is unforgettable.
The simple artichoke, which appears so fleetingly
throughout the culinary calendar, makes a harmonious
partner for Krug Grande Cuvée.
Pureed it is aromatic and velvety,
reflecting the subtle hazelnut notes of Krug Grande Cuvée.
As the nights draw in, the evocative warmth of toasted chestnuts is irresistible.
Smokey, crunchy and yet soft, chestnuts enhance the wines
which compose Krug Grande Cuvee which can reach up to 15 years of age.
A simple association, together they achieve sublime refined elegance.
Krug Grande Cuvée lends itself to a wealth of culinary combinations, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, from an extra-mature parmesan to turbot à la truffe.
Among the many possibilities, it can be enjoyed as an aperitif with Jabugo ham and old comté, with a dish of oysters, grilled shrimps, Indian or Moroccan food, as well as with desserts such as carrot cake, tarte tatin and cheese cake.
"The Wines of our twenty years"
"Krug has always remained Krug. And Krug Grande Cuvée, in edition after edition, remains an incredible palette of grape varieties, terroirs and different years with confounding harmony. None symbolises better than Krug Grande Cuvée this quest of perfection centered around the foundation itself of Champagne wine: blending."
Bettane & Desseauve 2015
“This is all about balance and the integration of power and finesse, with finely honed acidity supporting flavors of quince paste, dried black cherry, spun honey and candied orange zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut, coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom resonate on the finish. Hard to stop sipping. Drink now through 2028. ”–AN
For Krug Grande Cuvée, I have chosen Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. It is one of the most generous masterpieces, full of joy, full of greatness, with a kind of majestic presence. I think it goes beautifully with the open spirit and generous fullness of Krug Grande Cuvée.
Beethoven - Van Cliburn & Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Fritz ReinerKhatia Buniatishvili - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat, Op. 73 "Emperor": III. Rondo – Allegro