White - Sparkling

1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend

  • France
  • Champagne
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Community Tasting Notes 449

  • asparagus Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 8, 2020 - Very good, but to my tastes, the weakest wine of the night (was up against grand cru burgs from good producers). Still very good, mind, just seemed on the advanced side

  • ovenmitt wrote: 97 points

    July 14, 2020 - Amazing bottle! Bought as a library release in 2016. PnP - golden honey color. Nose of VERY fresh peaches, honey, clover and fresh running spring water. Bright and acidic on entry then mellows to lemon curd, peach, and then on to fresh movie popcorn with butter. Finishes with honey on a biscuit..... Very long finish. This will age quite a lot longer but is absurdly good now.

  • Wine_lvr wrote: 97 points

    July 12, 2020 - A giant. Still tight and needs a few more years to open up. 97/100+

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  • dchain Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 30, 2020 - Drank side by side with the Salon 96 this was amber gold and a lot more advanced looking. Not as fresh as previous bottles and was a bit too oxidative and too much bruised golden apples without the freshness and balance I associate with Krug. Maybe an off bottle? Need to watch this as I have 44 bottles still and with auction prices getting to $475/bt might be time to trade some of these for the 2002!

  • steinersing wrote: 96 points

    June 20, 2020 - Took 45mins to come together - drank well after that. Just a little evolved and great acidity still.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Vinous Table: Mount Sinai Charity Dinner at Saison (Nov 2019), 11/1/2019 (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2019, Issue #81, Recently-Tasted Champagne and Sparkling Wines Including a Deep and Wide Vertical of Clos des Goisses

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    Jan-18, Issue #69 (link)

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    Vinous Table: Rusty Staub Charity Dinner, New York (Dec 2015), 12/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    1996 Champagne – For The Ages (Oct 2014), 10/1/2014 (link)

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    Vinous Table: Charity Dinner to Benefit the Frankie Lemmon School (March 2014) (link)

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    November 2013, Issue #17, Krug Vintage: A Wine of Circumstance

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    9th Annual Wine Dinner and Auction to Benefit The Mount Sinai Hospital (Feb 2012) (link)

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  • By John Kapon
    Happy New Year 2012 - Juhlin Takes New York, 1/11/2012

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2011, Issue #36, Champagne Krug - An Uncompromising Pursuit of Bubbly Magic

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Vinous

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    Krug: Clos du Mesnil 1979-1998 (Jul 2011) (link)

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Vintage Tastings

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    Mondays, Tuesdays, 5/1/2011

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The WINEFRONT

  • By Gary Walsh
    12/20/2010 (link)

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    Checking in on the 1996 Champagnes (Sep 2010) (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Maggie Henriquez in Hong Kong, 12/7/2009

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Vinous

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    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2008) (link)

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    Hong Kong Diaries 2009 Continued, 5/28/2009

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/13/2009 (link)

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Champagne Warrior

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    January 2009, Issue #1, The Top 50 Champagnes of 1996

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    The 1996 Champagnes Revisited (Jan 2009) (link)

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    Champagne: The Last Frontier (Dec 2009) (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/10/2008 (link)

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    Bipin's Thanksgiving, 1/21/2008

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    New Year's Eve 2007, 1/2/2008

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    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/21/2007 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/4/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Light medium golden yellow color; rich, yeasty, hazelnut, peach, apricot nose; tasty, yeasty, balanced, hazelnut, tart apple, tart peach, very tart apricot palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Light medium golden color; yeasty, bready, tart white fruit, tart citrus nose, that opens to tangerine after 30 minutes in the glass; tight, very tart citrus, tangy, tart lemon, mineral, kumquat palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/28/2009 (link) 95 points

    (Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Light yellow color; nice yeasty, tart peach nose; tasty, focused, tart peach, apricot and lemon palate with zingy acidity; long finish (opened up a lot after 30 minutes in the glass)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2009 (link) 19.5+ points

    (Krug) This wine has a remarkable nose, tense and tight, with a very compact character and hugely expressive aromas of dried orchard fruits, with a golden edge. The maturity of the wine shows in a sincere and captivating style, although this is clearly a wine still in a youthful phase of its evolution. But on the palate - wow! Rather than gentle maturity, this is broad and lively, a real mouth-filler, creamy but fresh, fanning out to dominate in the midpalate, and yet it also remains incredibly fine. There is just so much depth and texture here, juxtaposed against the pure structure of the wine, it seems to defy description. I find myself catching my breath as I drink it, and a shiver runs down my spine. This is exceedingly fine, and if the palate per se wasn't convincing enough the long and pervasive finish, which goes on and on, should do the trick. A stunning Champagne, brimming with potential. I have to confess I am in awe; I would like to score this 20/20, but is this perfection? I'm not sure, although it seems damn close.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2007 (link) 97 points

    (Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Tart orange, tangerine and kumquat palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Krug
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Vintage Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne
  • UPC Codes 081753190767, 081753802363, 081753809928, 3258064023405, 3258064059619, 3258064067218

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 281 (2%)
  • In Cellars 8,785 (67%)
  • Consumed 3,963 (30%)

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