Krug is the breathtaking view at the summit of great Champagne. It is loved, cherished and revered by collectors and critics. Their vintage and single vineyard Champagnes are the epitome of terroir and winemaking, yet it is their non-vintage that is perhaps the most impressive of all. Krug NV is not a conventional non-vintage at all, rather it is made from a predominate base vintage, which establishes its core, then blended with many other vintages, hence the consideration as non-vintage. Krug views it as the ultimate expression of their craft, the house speak of it as ‘the sun, around which all other satellites orbit’.
Krug have now pushed the envelope further, rightly moving the non-vintage into a class of its own. Last year Krug released their first ‘Krug Edition’ the 163 which marked the 163rd release of their Grand Cuvee, running from the inception of Maison Krug in 1843. Today we are delighted to release ‘Krug 164 Edition’ which is an astonishing blend of 127 wines from 11 separate vintages. The oldest vintage is the exceptional 1990, the youngest the 2008: a champagne could not hope for better book ends than that. The stunning 163 Edition had its major base set as the 2007 vintage. The 2008 vintage in Champagne has been heralded as excellent, which is exciting for the 164 Edition. It also displays the value of the 164 Edition, Krug’s 2008 vintage will be considerably more expensive and many collectors would like to compare it to the 164 Edition, with its high preponderance of 2008. The final composition is 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 17% Meunier.
The Krug Editions now replace the Krug non-vintage and it is a clear marker that they view their non-vintage as a cut above the rest, we do also. In fact, their non-vintage competes and exceeds most vintage prestige Champagnes. It is telling that it undergoes eight years ageing in the Krug cellar, which helps deliver the incredible complexity, tension and nuanced profile. It also exceeds the ageing period which most leading prestige vintage Champagnes undergo and it is no coincidence Krug are releasing their 2008 based Edition as most other houses release their vintage Champagnes. This Edition was corked in Spring 2016.
Each bottle displays an ID which means you can check the disgorgement date, the range of vintages that form the Cuvee and access other information including a suggested musical accompaniment on the Krug; the 164th Edition’s code is 216016. As haughty as this sounds, why not try their recommended music pairings, which are: “Liquid Spirit” by Gregory Porter, or Beethoven – Concerto no. 5 in e-flat, op. 73, 3rd movement. Lovely, maybe they can tell us what to wear too.
Krug 164 Edition has not been tasted yet, the 163 Edition received 96 points form Richard Juhlin, we can expect the 164 to surpass this. Priced today at £580, this is a must have collector’s item, the level of quality is astonishing.
Krug Grande Cuvee – 164 Edition, 6×75 – £580 IB or £715.97 incl duty and VAT
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