Burgundy dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Beautiful full body champagne that clearly expresses the Krug collection style, ie decadent sweet yellow fruits, exceptional concentration yet fresh and no noticeable oxidative note that Vintage Krug often shows. Lovely bright yellow color hints very fresh example. Expressive decadent sweet yellow fruits, golden delicious, lemon curd, light honey, ginger, a hint of brioche, smoke and limestone. Exceptional concentration, dense yet precise, decadent sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long sweet finish. Drinking exceptional well and perhaps at the peak but no need to hurry.
Deep gold/orange in color. Nose of mushroom, ripe pear, apple, baked apple/pear, butterscotch. Palate of mushroom, pear, apple, brioche, bread, nut, apple pie. Massively intense, complex, concentrated, still with incredible finesse. Huge finish. For a person who isn't turned on very much by sparkling wines, this was incredible, how can a wine be so delicate/ethereal and yet so intense, nuanced, concentrated at the same time? Simply mind blowing.
Lovely golden brown color. A distinct nuttiness (pecan) paired with brioche flavors. There is a saline character to the nose and palate reminiscent of some manzanillas. Underlying notes of lemon. Quite a long finish, with still noticeable acid. I suspect this may last longer than some have suggested, but may not have much upward potential from here. Well balanced and constructed, very enjoyable.
I was worried because the narrow straight cork came out easily with no sound at all fro the bottle. But as I poured it I could see there was a very satisfactory mousse. The nose was big and obvious, full of caramel and toasty dark bread. Very full bodied, yet never heavy in the Krug legerdemain style. Classical Krug, classical 1989. Seems to be suspended at this stage of development which I hope will continue indefinitely.
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(Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection) Light medium golden yellow color with abundant, steady, pinpoint bubbles; appealing, mature, hazelnut, dried fruits, light coffee, toffee, orange marmalade nose; tasty, mature, tart apple butter, orange marmalade, hazelnut, Brazil nut, hazelnut cream palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 95+ points (disgorged in 2000 and held in Krug cellars in Reims until release as latest Collection offering)
(Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection) Light medium apricot gold color with steady, tiny bubbles; very appealing, white chocolate, truffle honey, baked pear nose; delicious, mature, creamy textured, yeasty, white truffle, mushroom, tart poached pear, mineral, tart baked lemon palate with medium acidity; long finish 95+ points (2nd bottle was much fresher than first bottle)
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