N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 166eme Edition

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 94
John Gilman: 94+
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"This mouthwatering Champagne feels like a swathe of raw silk on the palate, where flavors of sun-dried white cherry, toast and Meyer lemon peel are accented by expressive saffron, ground coffee and mandarin orange peel aromas. Long and racy on the honey-spice and smoke-laced finish. Disgorged winter 2017. (AN)" (WS)

"The MV Grande Cuvée 166ème, based on the 2010 vintage, offers good depth, but it also comes across as a bit angular and in need of time in bottle to soften. Certainly, next to the 2008 and 2009 editions, the 2010 is a touch rough around the edges. Even so, there is good freshness and verve to the bright citrus, mineral and floral flavors." (VM)

"Complexity from the very outset with praline, honey, grilled-hazelnut and nougat aromas leading to a fresh background of peaches, lemons and grapefruit. Chardonnay leads on the nose for now. The palate has finesse, fleshy appeal and terrific focus. Long, powerful and seamless. A strong edition of Grande Cuvée. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The "166ème Edition" Krug Grand Cuvée was not yet ready for tasting at the time of my March visit to the estate in Reims, but as a bottle arrived at my office prior to the publication of this issue, I include the note on the wine here. This is from the base year of 2010 and is composed of a blend of forty-five percent pinot noir, thirty-nine percent chardonnay and sixteen percent pinot meunier. Forty-two percent of the cuvée is composed of reserve wines, but as Cellar Master Eric Lebel observes, many of the reserve wines were relatively young in the blend this year. The wine was disgorged in the winter of 2017 and offers up a superb and absolutely classic nose of apple, pear, caraway seed, sourdough bread, a complex base of soil, a hint of orange peel and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with impressive focus and grip, elegant mousse, seamless balance and a very long, complex and vibrant finish. This is superb. 2018-2050." (JG)

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