Krug is the breathtaking view at the summit of great Champagne. It is loved, cherished and revered by collectors and critics. The majesty of their winemaking is expressed, and can be experienced, in several forms from their Grand Cuvee and Vintage Cuvee, to Clos du Mesnil and the even rarer Clos d’Ambonnay. Each of these are collector’s items, investible, yet staggeringly beautiful to consume. Today we are offering three exclusive cases, curated by the Maison in very limited quantity.
Krug Grand Cuvee base of ’03, ’04, ’05 (6×75) – £580 IB
Krug Grand Cuvee is considered as one of the best secrets in winemaking. Krug views it as the ultimate expression of their craft, the house speak of it as ‘the sun, around which all other satellites orbit’. It may surprise many to discover that the Grand Cuvee is the wine Krug are most proud of on account of the time, labour and materials that go into it, as well as the critical acclaim which rivals that of any wine. Krug Grand Cuvee is taken from a selection of seven to ten vintages, qualified from six to 30 years of age.
The limited edition Cuvee we are offering today contains two bottles each with the base wine taken from the 2003, 2004 and 2005 vintage. In fact the 2003 base Grand Cuvee is scored higher by Richard Juhlin than the 2003 vintage. Unique in itself, it means that each of the two bottles are made predominantly from the stated vintage, blended with several other vintages, taken from samples dating back to the late 1980s. It allows one to compare each vintage on two occasions and experience Krug’s complexity and balance; each vintage is remarkably different adding its own unique flavour to the grand Cuvee. This case also allows collectors a first look at Krug from the exceptional 2004 vintage. 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 website.
Limited Edition Case 2003 (3×75) – £690 IB
The philosophy behind Krug Vintage is to produce a wine that reflects each vintage and not the selection of the best wines of a particular year; instead it is expression of that year. The 2003 vintage across Europe experienced incredibly warm weather. The temperateness of the growing season means the wine has lower acidity but an extremely ripe and rich round mouthfeel, with precise and elegant fruit. Krug did not decide to make the 2003 vintage until 2012; they only release vintages when they feel they have evolved sufficiently.
This limited edition 2003 case contains one bottle of the base 2003 Grand Cuvee, as explained above, along with a bottle of the 2003 vintage, which we released last year. This will make for a wonderful comparison, can you taste the difference? Finally, it contains a bottle of the 2003 Krug Clos du Mesnil, one of the rarest and most sought after wines in the world. Krug Clos du Mesnil derives from a walled 1.85 hectares vineyard (Clos), the centrepiece in the renowned village of Mesnil-sur-Oger. The quality of the grapes from this vineyard inspired Krug to devote a single champagne to this single plot. Today it is the world’s leading Blanc de Blanc Champagne and only 1,000 cases are produced on the rare occasion they ordain to release a vintage. The average bottle price of Krug Clos du Mesnil is around this case price, so there is a bargain to be had. Taken together these three wines reflect the full expression of a single year.
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay ’96, ’98, ‘00 (3×75) – £4,000 IB
The final case is incredibly rare, made up of one bottle of three vintages of Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay, including the newly released 2000. Only four vintages have ever been produced, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000. This case boasts the 98 point scoring 1996, 97 scoring 1996 and the yet untasted 2000.
Following on from the 100% Chardonnay Clos du Mesnil, Remi and Henri Krug turned their focus to Pinot Noir. In 1991, following seven years of searching, they found a 0.86 hectares walled plot on the edge of the famous Pinot Noir producing village of Ambonnay. It is surrounded by protective walls dating back to 1766. The first vintage was made in 1995 and released in 2007, to a fanfare, Richard Juhlin immediately exclaimed ’a new world-class wine has been born’. Only 400 cases are produced from a single vintage and less than 1,500 cases have ever been made. Single bottles are rarer than hen’s teeth, a selection of three vintages in a specially packaged case from the estate is simply exceptional.
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