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Date Printed: 12/4/2016
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1995
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1995
(search item no. 87612)
collectible wine
older vintages
has large label

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/4/2016: $259.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2002 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 99 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1990 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1990 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1988 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1988 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1995 vintage Krug shows today its immense potential, with a smoky, lemony fruit character and hints of brioche, mineral, ripe white fruits and honey. On the palate the wine is majesterial and full, while retaining crisp acidity and vibrant length. A very rich and luxurious Krug.

Vintage Krug is one of the most long-lived wines from the Champagne region, with bottles still lively and fresh after 80 years of aging – although not that many wine lovers have the patience to age their Krug for this amount of time. Like all Champagne, Krug is released when it is ready to be drunk, but Krug 1995 will definitely reward at least 10 – 15 years of cellaring before consumption.

As many as 20 different lots of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from a variety of sources are blended together to form Vintage Krug. The majority of the grapes come from the finest vineyards in Le Mesnil, Aÿ, Trépail, and Ambonnay.

This wine is not the most typical of the Krug style, but reflects instead the particularity of the vintage. It is only made in exceptional years, and is only produced when there is a sufficient difference between the vintage wine and the Grande Cuvee.

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About Champagne Krug:

Since 1843, with unique single-mindedness and sense of purpose, the Krug family has proudly cultivated the markedly individual character of their exceptional champagne. Theirs is a living legend, a certain idea of excellence that has been quietly redefined through six generations without a break.

Krug's founder, Johann-Joseph Krug, was a maverick who turned his back on a comfortable position in an established champagne house to strike out on his own. He had not only the vision, but also the talent, to achieve his ambition of creating a champagne with a taste quite unlike any other.

Subsequent generations of the Krug family not merely honored his achievement, but amplified it, bringing genuine pride and passion to their craft. From meticulous grape selection, through the birth of the wine in small oak casks, to the intricate process of "assemblage", followed by long years of aging in the cellars, Krug champagne is the culmination of painstaking care and unrivalled craftsmanship.