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2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut #172972874

1.5L

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Based on 380 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 97 points Wine Advocate "...has an intense citrus color and opens with a generous, intense yet fine and precise bouquet that indicates great depth and elegance. Red fruit flavors on the nose lead to a generously rich yet pure, highly refined and elegant palate, with lots of ripe cherry fruits and delicious yeasty flavors. This is a highly complex and tensioned but beautifully balanced 2002 with a charming dosage that gives perfect roundness. The finish, however, is clear, fresh and well-structured, if not taut, and very mineral. (SR)" 96 points Burghound "There is a subtle phenolic character to the secondary-tinged yet super-fresh nose reflects notes of baked bread, yeast, pear, baked apple, spice and a hint of citrus. The bold and full-bodied flavors possess superb complexity while being underpinned by a notably fine but dense mousse, all wrapped in a gorgeously persistent finish. (AM)"

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About Krug

Hailing from Reims and standing firm since 1843, Krug is a globally-acclaimed Champagne producer revered for its extraordinary quality and ingenuity. While its ownership changed hands to Moët Hennessey in 1999, the sixth-generation Krug, Olivier, oversees the operations, ensuring it remains a family affair. Krug's wine portfolio consists exclusively of premium offerings, with 20 hectares of vineyards dedicated to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Krug has begun transitioning to predominantly organic viticulture, although they have chosen not to seek certification for practical reasons.

Renowned parcels, such as Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay, deliver some of Krug's finest yields. A standout production from the house is the "Grande Cuvée," a harmonious blend of 120 base wines across 10 vintages, each maturing up to 15 years. The Krug team, under the guidance of Éric Lebel, promotes an intricate vinification process, employing neutral 205-L oak barrels for individual parcels - of which there are 250. They avoid malolactic fermentation to maintain mineral sharpness and enforce a lengthy cellar aging of 5 to 10 years before the wine sees the world.

Joseph Krug, the non-conformist founder, envisioned a Champagne house where all expressions held a distinct, uniform level of excellence. This dream continues to resonate within the Krug ethos, evermore amplified by subsequent generations. The painstaking attention to the character of each plot, coupled with a vast library of reserve wines, grants Krug the ability to deliver great Champagne year after year.

Krug's commitment to sustainability manifests in their ISO certification for environmental practices, energy management, and food safety management, leading the way for LVMH Maisons in receiving the Positive Luxury title.

Their Champagnes bear a unique signature with a nose of toasted, grilled, pastry, or almond notes, a result of at least 6 years of aging sur lies. The palate introduces fresh fruit, especially citrus, maintaining a freshness through careful grape selection. With residual sugar levels never exceeding 6.5g/L, Krug wines are predominantly dry, crafting an indelible impression of their relentless pursuit for distinction.

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