Champagne Krug Grande Cuvee (Gift Boxed)

Non-Vintage from Champagne, France

$175.00
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Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Deep golden color and fine, vivacious bubbles, predicting fullness and elegance. Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, marzipan, gingerbread and citrus fruits. Flavors of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.

Critical Acclaim

"This is all about balance and the integration of power and finesse, with finely honed acidity supporting flavors of quince paste, dried black cherry, spun honey and candied orange zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut, coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom resonate on the finish. Hard to stop sipping."
97 Points

"I freely concede that it's impossible there could have been any change in winemaking that would have filtered through into the Krug Grande Cuvee after Krug was acquired by LVMH, but the wines seemed fresher (and better). I hasten to add the wine is as imperiously complex, rich and mouthfilling as ever, a blend of more than 100 parcels of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier spanning eight to 10 vintages that spends six years on lees prior to disgorgement. It has a fascinating squeaky acidity that is a chord providing the ultimate harmony and balance of a truly superb wine."
97 Points

"With its minimum of six years' bottle aging, this is a beautifully integrated, mature wine. It has a wonderful toast character, layered over sliced pears and ripe acidity. With its complex poise between lightness and richness, this remains an intensely impressive wine."
94 Points

"Bright yellow-gold. Expressive, toasty bouquet of poached pear, white peach and orange zest, with toasted nut and anise nuances adding complexity. Dry and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard fruit, buttered toast and ginger flavors that gain weight with air. Shows a suave blend of richness and tension, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering smoke, nut and gingerbread flavors. I'll bet that this Champagne will be even better with another five to ten years of bottle age."
94 Points

"Substantial, complex and heady, this current release of Grande Cuvee is in a constant state of change. Its flavors range from dark fruit to bright, sunny citrus, from nutty and pleasantly bitter to creamy and sweet. It carries electricity through the mineral resonance of its flavors. Masterfully blended. "
93 Points

"Krug's MV Grande Cuvée is weightless and totally graceful from start to finish. The current release is a distinctly fresh, floral version of the Grand Cuvée, with tons of brightness in its aromas and flavors, but less in the way of the oxidative notes that are sometimes present in Grand Cuvée. Still, there is a lot to like here. This is one of the most beautiful Grand Cuvées I have tasted over the last few years. This release is based on the 2005 vintage, and includes wines back to 1990. This is Lot 411046. Disgorged: 2011."
93 Points

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Rating:
(5/11/2012)
I've had Cristal Rose, I have had Dom Perignon, but this was BY far the best. It was very bold, and acidic with a heavy effervescence. 80% tasted like it was blended with older wines, the remaining with younger wines. Not quite as uniform as a wine from 1 vintage, but nevertheless, an exquisite wine. Highly recommended
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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Fresh, subtle citrus & fruit nose w/ fresh grape, citrus & bread dough flavor. Marvelous, lingering taste that is full & sweet, but not too sweet, on the lips. A tiny pepper & ginger aftertaste teases you for minutes afterwards. You will read many glowing reviews of this wine but none say it better than the one that states "...what God gives his angels when they have been especially good." Awesome!
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Rating:
(11/19/2011)
Gave this 3 out of 5 now, but gets much better over time. Drank an older (red) label Krug NV couple months ago, and the difference is mind-blowing. Only worth the money if you cellar it for 3-5 years, or just buy the vintage 1998.
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