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Grande Cuvee 169eme Edition NV

Krug

Case Format: 6x75cl

When Joseph Krug first set up his Champagne House in 1843 he only had one vision in mind – to create and craft the very best champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. Paying close attention to the vineyard’s character, respecting the individuality of each plot and its wine, as well as building an extensive library of reserve wines from many different years, allowed Joseph Krug to fulfil his dream. Six generations of the Krug family later, this vision is still honoured with each new edition of Krug Grand Cuvée.

The astounding number of reserve wines used in the blend, contribute a unique breadth and roundness to this remarkable Champagne. The 169ème Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée is based around the 2013 vintage and is crafted from a blend of 146 wines spanning 11 different vintages, the youngest of which is from 2013 and the oldest dating back to 2000. The final composition comprises of 43% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 22% Meunier. Aged for around seven years in Krug’s cellars, it gives Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition its distinct expression and elegance.

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96+
William Kelley

Based on the 2013 vintage and complemented by some 40% reserve wines dating back to 2000, Krugs newly released NV Grande Cuvée 169ème Édition is showing very nicely, unfurling in the glass with notes of citrus oil, buttered toast, dried apricot, warm biscuits and marmalade. Medium to full-bodied, deep and incisive, its a tauter, more chiseled rendition of Grande Cuvée by comparison with the richer, more textural and more demonstrative 168ème Édition (based on the 2012 vintage) that preceded it; but its bright spine of acidity is nicely cloaked in fruit. Concluding with a long and sapid finish, this is a very classically balanced Champagne that will reward bottle age

96
Simon Field MW

Soft burnished gold, with a fine and persistent bead. The nose is suitably encyclopaedic, Mirabelle plum, fig and lemon pith and then hints of almond and brioche, the older reserve wines keen to contribute too. Beneath it all steely foundations, an edifice for posterity, not immediately flamboyant but magisterial in its grip and liminal potential. Deft acidity over untroubled waters, with orange groves and a spice market espied from the prow. All is set fair for this voyage. Impressive length.

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