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  • This was extremely interesting for a number of reasons. First, I was unaware, until last night, that the was such a vintage of Krug. I sheepishly admitted that fact to Olivier who laughed and said until KOC had inquired to him about the vintage, he was unaware as well! He went through the Krug archives and discovered why he had never seen a bottle of it before. It seems the Krug family liked the '28 and '29 vintages of Krug better than the '34, so when the Germans ordered cases of Krug during the occupation, they would keep the former two vintages and ship them the '34, so much so that they didn't have any reserve stocks of it. The history of this bottle gets even better. Once the foil was removed, there was a very hard substance around the seal of the cork and the top of the bottle. We couldn't determine what it was, but it appeared to be either a paraffin wax or a melted metal that had rehardened. Olivier speculated that it was possibly a "tamper proof" closure to make sure that the bottle wasn't poisoned on its way to possibly German High Command. Obviously, no one will ever know, but I found this bottle to be one of the more interesting wines I've ever drank due to its history and potential history. The wine itself showed a level of maturity you would expect from a '34, but not the complexity and depth of flavors you would hope for. Putting aside the historical aspects it was Very Good. Add the history Killer

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