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NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 164eme #165195470


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Based on 318 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "Based on the 2008 vintage complemented by some 22% reserve wines, Krug's NV Grande Cuvee 164eme Edition opens in the glass with notes of warm bread, crisp yellow orchard fruit, mandarin, buttered toast and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and textural, it's rich and vinous but incisive, with fine depth at the core, tangy acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse. (WK)" 97 points John Gilman "The beautiful bouquet is quintessential Grande Cuvee, delivering a constellation of apple, pear, passion fruit, brioche, a complex base of soil tones, fresh almond and a floral topnote redolent of acacia and apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and now wide open in personality, with superb mid-palate depth, lovely soil signature and grip, pinpoint bubbles, zesty acids and a long, seamlessly balanced and beautifully complex finish. (JG)"

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About Krug

Few champagne growers enjoy the worldwide reputation for quality as Krug—a regional stalwart based out of Reims since 1842. Despite Krug’s sale to Moët Hennessey in 1999, sixth generation grower Olivier Krug runs the estate, keeping very much in the family tradition. This celebrated champagne house boasts 20 hectares of premium vineyards planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, while also sourcing from trusted growers. In recent years, Krug has converted their holdings to mostly organic viticulture but resists certification for pragmatic reasons.

Krug remains one of the only champagne houses to exclusively produce premium wines, with Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay among their finest parcels. “Grande Cuvée,” a blend of all three regional varietals, comprises the dominant part of production, made from 120 base wines, representing 10 vintages as old as 15 years each. The cellar team, led by Éric Lebel, embraces neutral 205-L oak barrel vinifications by individual parcel (there are 250!), eschews malolactic fermentation to preserve mineral intensity, and embraces long cellar aging from five to 10 years before release. With standards such as these, it stands to reason that Krug creates some of the world’s most memorable champagnes.

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