Krug Grande Cuvee NV

98 Points and Top 100 Wines 2014 James Halliday
Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Champagne Reims France
Positioned at the top of the great Tête de Cuvees, Krug traces an unbroken lineage of winemakers from father to son for six generations. There is no formula or recipe to Krug Grande Cuvee. Each year the family meets to recreate the style, with careful attention to the most minute detail, so that six years later it is in perfect continuity to previous Grande Cuvee. A stunning mosaic of flavours, an assemblage of up to fifty different wines over several different vintages combine to give Krug Grande Cuvee its complexity, elegance and grace.
Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of 120 wines from ten or more vintages, some of which may reach fifteen years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance. The birth of Krug Grande Cuvee, through its first fermentation in small oak casks, ensures the unique personality and dimension that is the Krug style. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.
Gleaming gold hue, refined effervescence. Creamy aromatics, an extravagantly expansive bouquet, an experience that is unique, magnificent and unforgettable. An explosion of flavours on the palate, at once mellow and mature, hazel nut and toasts, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise, apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom. Exceptional freshness in the mouth, enhanced by the suppleness and youth of its fine and elegant mousse.
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