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Krug Grande Cuvee Edition 171 Non Vintage

Subregion France > Champagne

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Tasting Notes

The latest edition of Krug's iconic Grande Cuvée is based around the 2015 vintage and includes 131 wines dating back to 2000. There is 45% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 18% Meunier in the blend. Bright gold in colour with a fine mousse in the glass, the nose displays all the character you would expect from this wine: toasted brioche, ripe orchard fruits and red apple blend with hints of fresh ginger and green almond. The palate is broad on entry, a generous but fine mousse allowing the fruit to flesh out beautifully. This is a fruit-forward and moreish rendition of Grande Cuvée, bursting with orchard fruits, quince and tamarind. The acids are bright and zesty, cutting through the generous breadth on display. With this refreshing finesse comes more of the savoury brioche and roasted nut tone, which is delicate but persistent on the finish. A joy to drink now, this doubtless still has serious ageing potential for those willing to be patient.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, May 2023

The NV Grande Cuvée 171ème Edition is a delightful blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Meunier and boasts an attractive and captivating aroma of dried fruits, pastry, lemon oil, marzipan, spring flowers and ginger, with hints of almond and vanilla notes that become more pronounced over time. This medium to full-bodied wine is precise and well-structured, with a fleshy core of fruit and a sapid, incisive finish. Crafted around the 2015 vintage, the blend comprises 131 reserve wines from as far back as 2000 (42% of the total blend) and is expected to age beautifully over the next decade.

Krug has just released two cuvées: the Grande Cuvée 171st edition, an exploration of the large universe of Krug, and the 27th edition of Krug Rosé.

The Grande Cuvée 171ème Edition is built around the 2015 vintage, but “the Chardonnays and Meuniers showed a little restraint,” said cellar master Julie Cavil. So, she included the 2008, 2013 and 2014 vintages to bring vivacity and tension. Furthermore, the cuvée has been enhanced by adding 131 wines from 12 different years, the youngest of which is the 2015, of course, and the oldest dating back to 2000.

The Krug Rosé 27ème Edition is a blend of 57% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. It too was built around the 2015 vintage, with 55% of various reserve wines. This is a rosé champagne that is quite distinctive in the Krug world for its flamboyance and vibrancy, but it will have to be cellared for a few years before it can be fully appreciated.

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (June 2023 ), June 2023
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