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Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne

97 Points Tyson Stelzer

Grande Cuvée smells and tastes like no other wine, a monumental paradox of tense freshness, profound maturity and inimitable complexity. Its current 166ème Édition bears a full straw hue, embracing the full, marvellous expanse of the universe of Krug complexity. It opens with a fanfare into a maelstrom of molten wax, incense, truffles, pipe smoke, glacé apricot, preserved lemon, crème brûlée, even notes of mocha and charcuterie. Decadently rich, extravagantly complex and thunderingly expansive, Grande Cuvée is a vinous champagne of multifaceted personality, yet ever-heightened tension. Its structure is more dynamic and defined than ever, uniting the electric tension of no small retention of malic acidity with deep wells of scintillating, swirling, salty minerality, lacing everything together with the creamy, silky seamlessness of barrel fermentation and long lees age. It soars with spiralling expansion, then touches down gracefully, with unerring focus and breathtaking persistence. Every bit as enchanting and ethereal as its legendary reputation promises, this is a champagne to drink slowly from large glasses, to witness an entire universe of captivating theatrics unfold as it warms. Édition 166ème is a grand achievement as always, and more than ever in the challenging 2010 season, described by Eric Lebel as ‘tumultuous’. Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs consequently lacked its habitual freshness, and he responded with both the vivacity of the year’s meunier, and the structure of relatively young reserve wines, most notably from 2000. Oger was included for its generous roundness, and 2006 wines from Verzy and Bouzy for harmony.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.

The NV Brut Grande Cuvee emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, almonds, pastry and spices. This is a relatively floral, bright Grande Cuvee with fewer of the oxidative qualities that are typical of the house style. According to Krug's ID Code, this bottle is based on the 2004 vintage, which explains the wine's tense, taut personality. Another year or two on the cork will only help the wine gain expressiveness and depth. Today, the Grande Cuvee is quite reticent and not showing the full breadth of its personality. This bottle carries ID Code: 211024. Disgorged: Summer 2011.Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Source: Robert Parker ( November, 2012 by Antonio Galloni

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