Based on 54 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "...Based on the 2006 vintage, complemented by some 40% reserve wines dating back to 1990, the Krug tasting committee sought out racier, fresher reserve wines as a counterpoint to the gourmand, generous character of the base year, and that has worked very well. Mingling aromas of dried fruits, pear and toasted brioche with nuances of iodine, candied peel and smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, with fine depth at the core and beautiful balance, marrying beautifully vibrant fruit with the complex patina that is the house's signature. (WK)" 94 points Vinous "The NV Grande Cuvee 162eme Edition, built around the 2006 vintage, is fabulous. All of the natural radiance and intensity of the year comes through in the wine’s ample, resonant personality. Apricot, peach, mint, chamomile, baked apple and lightly honeyed notes all build in racy, sumptuous Grand Cuvee that delivers the goods big time. Readers will find a gorgeous, open-knit Champagne loaded with class and personality... (AG)"
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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.