Community Tasting Notes (2176) Avg Score: 92.9 points

  • Showed nicely out of grassl liberte.

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  • Red Gold Label - so released sometime between 1995-2004. Quite a harmonious albeit a bit shy, fully mature nose with a hint of sour milk lactic complexity. Tasted good, but a bit shallow on mid palate and a medium-high acidity. Overall a great champagne and I was relieved to find the bottle in such perfect shape - but was expecting a bit more krug perfume and intensity. Maybe a weak base vintage? Hard to tell from the cork code which it was based on. Could be 1991 or 1994? Cork code 1041.

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  • From a 375, identified as 166 eme on the Krug website. A gorgeous, classic Krug drinking surprisingly well. While ‘10 wasn’t a strong vintage, the reserves dating back to 96 must have had quite the impact on this cuvée. Dense and brioche-filled, with orchard and citrus fruits, and a fresh but oxidative apple note. I love preparing for guests with my wife, sneaking a half bottle of Krug while awaiting friends’ arrival.

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  • 162eme 1990-2006 of 160 wines. 44% Pinot Noir 35% Chardonnay 21% Meunier. Pale gold - slow, spread out bubbles. Very bready/toasted nose with hints of creme brûlée dominates over some baked apples and a little citrus. Medium+ acidity starts smooth and builds to juicy cheek filling finish. Gold apples, poached pear, key lime pie, creme fraiche, blood orange.

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  • ID 215032 (1990 to 2007) Opened 1 hour prior to serving into Zalto Burgundy glass (“Flower” day): Pale golden to the eyes.

    Buttery popcorn nose of golden orchard fruits like apples, citrus like grapefruits with peels. Toasty oak in the nicest way.

    Perfectly judged acidity and highly mineral indeed. Very nicely energetic but also enjoyable immediately. This is great.

    This is effortless and clearly at least 94 points to me.

    5 hours upon opening: Really incredibly deep and now seems clear that one should keep these for another 10 years at least...

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/30/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color with abundant, tiny, speedy bubbles; autolytic, dried mushroom, hazelnut nose; tasty, autolytic, dried mushroom, hazelnut, ripe pear palate; long finish (Krug ID 112001; blend of 134 wines from 1990 to 2005)
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/5/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 97 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) From magnum - light lemon yellow color with abundant, fairly speedy tiny bubbles; wonderful, hazelnut, coriander, dried lemon, almond nose; delicious, hazelnut, tart lemon, preserved lemon, mineral palate; long finish 97+ points (bottle had a code of 5104830 on the back, but not one of the official Krug IDs that have been issued with bottlings since Sept. 2011)
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/3/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light medium yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; very appealing, toffee, hazelnut, shelled almond, dried pear and apricot nose; delicious, poised but rich and luscious, almond, tart apple, tart pear, almond cream, mineral, tart lemon palate; long finish 95+ points (ID#112008, indicating it was disgorged in the first quarter of 2012; a blend of 134 different wines, based on 12 different vintages, the oldest from 1990 and the youngest from 2005)
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/31/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) From 375 ml - light golden yellow color with steady, tiny bubbles; toasty, tart lemon, yeasty nose; tasty, mature, yeasty, baked lemon palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/7/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 96 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light medium yellow color with tiny bubbles; elegant, autolytic, hazelnut, almonds nose; rich, elegant, balanced, layered, very detailed, creamy textured, yeasty, mineral, baked lemon, tart lemon, almond palate; long finish (disgorged 3rd quarter 2011, based on '04; ID code on bottle is 311032)
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/7/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 96 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; white chocolate, yeasty, poached pear, light white truffle nose; rich and balanced, creamy textured, elegant, light white chocolate, autolytic, tart pear, subtle truffle palate; long finish 96+ points (branded V1021 on cork, indicating disgorgement in 2nd quarter of 2010; based on 2003, with 118 wines in the assemblage, from 10 different vintages, 1988-2003)
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color; yeasty, apple, baked apple nose; yeasty, tart apple, baked apple palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (not as strong this year as usual)
  • By Richard Jennings
    2/19/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light lemon yellow color; nice yeasty, lemon, mineral, chalk nose; tasty, crisp, poised, yeasty, tart lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/23/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color; great yeasty, toasty nose; tasty, rich, yeasty, toasty, tart citrus, lemon, creamy palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/27/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color; yeast, toast nose; toasty, yeasty goodness, citrus, lemon palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/26/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light golden yellow color; marzipan, very autolytic, ginger, nutty nose; yeasty, nutty, tart citrus, baked lemon palate with refreshing acidity; medium-plus finish (bottle was at least 5 years old)
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/18/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light medium golden color; a little reduction initially, apple, straw, peach, honey nose; mature, tart apple, tart peach, mineral, tangy citrus palate with great acidity; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/15/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color; yeasty, light toast, mineral nose; elegant, tasty, mineral, yeasty, cream, tart citrus palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) This is an 'old label' bottle which I have cellared since purchase in 2003. A rich straw gold hue, with tiny bubbles evident as soon as poured into the glass. They are a delight to see, and the pleasure is consistent from this moment on. On the nose, as we might expect, notes of honeyed and toasted nut aromas, and oiled wood, all the classic Krug aromas derived from the mature wines blended in and, in this case, a little bottle age too. But combined with these there is a glorious citrus freshness, reserved but still very apparent, with notes of orange peel and lemon, along with a minerally streak, of smoke and stone. On entry, a fabulously broad but elegant arrival, a paradoxical synthesis of the smoky, minerally maturity and the citrus freshness seen on the nose. A fine, prickling mousse, great incisive acidity and a long, fading finish. Great wine, drinking beautifully now, but there would have been room to age this further judging by the firmness of the composition. But I believe this is the last of my 'old label' bottles, so sadly I won't be able to test that theory for myself.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/18/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light yellow color; lovely autolytic, baked bread, yeasty nose; yeasty, elegant, citrus palate with a hint of toffee, beautifully balanced; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/14/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Yeasty, light toast, mineral nose; elegant, tasty, mineral, yeasty, cream, tart citrus palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/28/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Bright light yellow color; lemon, yeasty nose; rich, lemon, mineral, yeasty palate; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Current release. Tasted twice, once in a Krug line-up with winemaker Julie Cavil, and later over dinner with scallops. Never a deeply coloured wine despite its richness and reputation, this has an appealing hue and fine bead. The nose is very typical of Krug, showing little notes of lanolin, smokily waxed fruit and gingerbread, characteristics derived from the heavy contribution of older vintages in the blend. On entry it is very composed, broadening out on the midpalate, complex, with its waxed and minerally fruit dominating the palate, backed up by a very delicate, prickling mousse that screams finesse, a Krug hallmark. Sappy but fresh despite the rich aromas, and very long too. A wonderful wine which deserves fine contemplation.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/13/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light canary yellow color; lovely lemon, brioche and vanilla nose; tight, well structured, tart, asian pear, delicate brioche flavors and mineral; long finish 92+ pts.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) This was purchased in Autumn 2003, so has had five years of bottle age in my cellar since release. The cork, solid and straight, displays this. A mid to pale golden hue in the glass, and a plentiful bead, with dozens of streams of tightly compacted, tiny bubbles. On the nose it seems quite quietly elegant, mostly subtle white fruits with a little nut and cream, and a smoky, mineral gorgeousness. On the palate is where I find the typical Krug richness and depth, with a meaty-creamy quality to the palate, although it remains elegantly fresh, with finely balanced acidity and a broad, walnutty character from start to finish. Incredibly well defined and lifted at the finish, like a spring morning, providing a delightful counterpoint to the richer midpalate. Very fine indeed. There seems to be no worry about leaving bottles of the 'multi-vintage' cuvée in the cellar five years at least.
  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Current release. This has a surprisingly steely element to the nose, which is clean, pure and very primary, with just a subtle vein of nuts behind it all. The palate is really very good; it has a great depth, with a lovely, harmonious character. On the finish it reveals a little more of its deeper style, as it shows here a full, nutty crescendo. Excellent potential here, but right now this is clearly still in a very primary and tight phase.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light medium yellow color; brioche and sweet butter nose; gorgeous lemon, sweet butter, brioche and mineral palate with great balance; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/22/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Yeasty brioche nose; tart lemon and lemon tagine palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/13/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) From magnum - Medium canary yellow color; rich, yeast, oat, toast, mineral and lime nose; very tasty and complex, tart lime, tart orange, toast, minerals, and crushed stone palate, with good acidity; long finish 95+ pts.

Sommelier Journal

  • By Catherine Fallis, MS, CWP
    July 2008, (See more on Sommelier Journal...)

    (NV Krug Champagne Grande Cuvée Brut) A Chardonnay-based blend of as many as 10 different vintages, primarily from grand cru vineyards. Krug’s tête de cuvée, like the wines of Bollinger, is first barrel-fermented in neutral oak. Golden yellow in color, it has fresh, bold aromas of Bosc pear, Macintosh apples, nutmeg, and lemon meringue. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich with caramel, earth, and baking spices. The finish is long. The Shifting Landscape of Champagne

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-17.5+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Current release. A huge, honeyed, oiled oak nose here, with complexity underneath, notes of sherbet, seaweed and iodine. There is lovely character on the palate, which is very rich, broad, meaty and expressive. A firm and youthful style which has a huge texture and even some grip. Fine potential here.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/14/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Bright golden yellow color; focused lemon and lemon peel nose; tangy, focused tart lemon, mineral and lime palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish (best pairing with the gravlax)
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Light lemon nose; tasty, tart lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) Nice, great acidity

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Current release. Quite an elegant nose here, refined, a little citrus fruit, quite a reserved style, nicely delicate (if I can apply that description to Krug...it's all relative). Full, creamy edge to the fruit, very precise and well poised. Firm but crisp, reigned in mousse. Full style, still rather oaky, firm and yet gentle at the same time. Long finish. This is very good indeed.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/5/2006, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée) From 375 ml - big raspberry, Pinot nose; tasty, bright acidity, red fruit and apricot palate; medium finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    12/1/2004, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (NV Krug) New label which is kind of boring and even ugly. Old label was really classy. Don't know what they were thinking. If it ain't broke don't fix it. The wine was gorgeous. Just gets better every time I have it. Easily one of the most conisistent wineries in the world. Massive concentration allied with a seamlessness and utterly mindlowing complexity.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2004, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Purchased 1998, so six years of post-release bottle age here. Very pure nose, honeyed white fruits with a sweet, honey-caramel edge. Full and yet stylish palate, firm and structured, still with very fresh, almost biting acidity. Creamy mousse, great elegance. But it is still very youthful I think - I would advocate a further five to ten years bottle age.
  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2004, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18+ points

    (NV Krug Grande Cuvée) Purchased Autumn 2003. A shimmering, mid-gold hue and a small bead. Wonderful nose - very powerful and typically Krug. The aromas are suggestive of the barrel fermentation employed by Krug, with rich oatmealy, oiled oak alongside notes of hazelnuts, butter, lemons and thyme. Very sharp, clean entry, with fine, prickling mousse and fairly prominent acidity which keeps it fresh and elegant despite considerable richness. Develops a creamy feel through the midpalate, helped very much by a relaxing of the mousse. Flavours very much mirror the nose. Fans out somewhat on the finish and already shows a decent length. Although generally ready when released this cuvée will undoubtedly benefit from further time in the cellar - allowing some of that acidity to dissipate.

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