Nice deep golden straw color with a slight syrup quality to an otherwise effervescent mouthfeel. Crisp fruit and mineral dominate with backing notes of fresh brioche. At room temperature a slight mustiness is revealed in the nose and palate. Definitely a more precise wine when served ice cold.
Fresh baked bread, cooked apples, citrus, almond and a hint of pear. Expressive! Sumptuous mouthfeel with an impressive finish. This was a great bottle and a slight improvement over the one opened 2 years ago.
This is very nice and completely ready to be drunk. It's not yet oxidative but more like sweet fruit, bread. It reminds me a bit of drinking a croissant... Best when it was cold, with warmth the dosage pokes out a bit to much for my liking. Good champagne, intensity and volume for the vintage. A good effort but the 1996 Krug is better with a strong acidity to keeps things in check.
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(Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Light golden yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; very appealing, autolytic, hazelnut, baked pear, light dried mushroom nose; delicious, focused, layered, tart lime, lemon, ginger, mineral palate with penetrating, medium acidity; could use 3 years and should live for decades; long finish 96+ points
(Krug) This vintage is notable for being only the second ever, after the 1981, where the blend is dominated by Chardonnay. A fine clarity here on inspection, more vibrant and shimmering than the slightly richer, more matt 1996. A touch sulphurous on the nose today though, although underneath this there is a roasted element, intertwined closely with coffee beans, with a floral-citrus character laid on top. The palate is fresh, breathtakingly clean and pure, with finely delineated flavours of pithy citrus fruits and coffee. Deep and minerally, with a firm and structured finish, crisp yet broad, it has a long, incisive, fresh and pure finish. The 1996 is without a doubt the greater wine, but this is perhaps more approachable now, and surely it will drink sooner? Overall, excellent wine.
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