Krug Lover Dinner with Olivier Krug

Daniel Dal Ban 1876 (Tafelspitz) Düsseldorf
Tasted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by aquacongas with 183 views

Introduction

Put together 12 Krug geeks and Olivier Krug. All bottles were from pristine conditions and cellars

Flight 1 (1 Note)

Great Start, many gussed older and vintage. One of my favourite editions with 164.

Flight 2 (2 Notes)

The flight should be 1989 vs 1990 but some brought CdM 2000 instead of Collection 89, so I had to change the flights. CdM 2000 is by far the best from this vinatge

  • 2000 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil 97 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind
    At his peak if you like it fresh. Some exotic fruits, very untypical for a CdM but with an amazing acidity structure, especially for this vintage. It was one of the unknown bottles in the tasting. Nobody could guess it. 97

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  • 1990 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut 95 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind
    Best bottle I had from the regular vintage 1989. Slightly more evolved than the CdM. At his peak. No reason for longer waiting. 95

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Flight 3 (2 Notes)

Both were the best 89's I had so far. CdM at his peak. Most preferred the CdM. Olivier guessed the vintages right.

Flight 4 (1 Note)

Without bubbles but a great still wine. Refeshig acidity

  • NV Krug Champagne Private Reserve 95 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind
    We had 3 different Private Cuvees from the 50 and 60ies. One was tired, was had no bubbles and one was great.
    This one was without bubbles but all the Krug elements you love and expect. A refreshing wine with deepness and multi-layered. Some dried fruits, lemon tarte and oriental spices. 95

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Flight 5 (2 Notes)

The flight of the evening. Especially for Olivier Krug and me. No existing Magnums from the first generation.

  • NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée 100 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind, Magnum
    A perfect Grande Cuvee 1st and 2nd Generation from Magnum side by side. For me both are perfect champagnes. You get everything what you wish. Both with bubbles, both fresh and the most multi-layered champagnes you can imagine. But the finish is fresh, filigree and precise. Olivier Krug never had both bottles from Magnum side by side. For him the most faszinating bottles of the evening. 99-100

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  • NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée 100 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind, Magnum, 2nd Generation
    A perfect Grande Cuvee 1st and 2nd Generation from Magnum side by side. For me both are perfect champagnes. You get everything what you wish. Both with bubbles, both fresh and the most multi-layered champagnes you can imagine. But the finish is fresh, filigree and precise. Olivier Krug never had both bottles from Magnum side by side. For him the most faszinating bottles of the evening. 100

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Flight 6 (1 Note)

Beautifully fresh

Flight 7 (1 Note)

At his peak

Flight 8 (2 Notes)

The best vintage from Krug since 1988 and 1979

Flight 9 (2 Notes)

Too young

Flight 10 (1 Note)

Wow, still time to drink it

Flight 11 (2 Notes)

A brutally perfect aged Collection

Flight 12 (2 Notes)

Not my favourite vinatge but nice to drink now

Flight 13 (1 Note)

  • 1996 Krug Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay 97 Points

    France, Champagne

    not blind
    I had it the forth time in the last 5 month. Compared to the CdM 1996 much more evolved even when the CdA not reached his peak. Some milk chocolate notes beside the red berries. Winey champagne for the meat. 96-97

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Flight 14 (2 Notes)

Both Bottles in pristine condition

Flight 15 (4 Notes)

Some bottles too close the perfect evening

Closing

One of my Top 3 tastings ever. All bottles but one were singing in a perfect way. Krug is dri kable in young stages but for the full experience you profit from 30-40 years of aging. Olivier told me that he had never the both Grande Cuvees from Magnum together. For me the highlights together with the perfect CdM 1988. The most exciting bottles you can get from champagne are old grande cuvees. I would prefer it to all other Krugs or other champagnes.

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