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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1996
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1996
(search item no. 91190)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $399.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 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
1995 The Wine News rating: 99 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 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:

Krug 1996 is extraordinary indeed – an extreme, eccentric champagne that first caresses the senses with its rich aromas, firm texture and full, ripe flavours, then dramatically explodes into jubilant freshness. Rich, radiant gold illuminated by slender streams of bubbles, Krug 1996 already promises a masterful combination of maturity and acidity as its aromas tease the nose with the tartness of fresh pear and candied lemon, the roundness of ripe fruit and nougatine. Then, even as the taste buds are revelling in the smooth, mellow flavors of honey, gingerbread and mocha, this astounding champagne unleashes its exuberant crescendo of freshness that is at once totally unexpected and utterly Krug.
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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.