We are delighted to offer the latest release of one of the greatest Champagnes of them all, Krug’s iconic Grande Cuvee. Based around 2015 (more on this excellent vintage below), this 171 Edition is an incredible blend of over 131 wines from 12 different years back to 2000, with 42% of the blend reserve wines that give the trademark Krug complexity, power and structure while 2015 gives it huge potential.
Krug Grande Cuvee’s multi-vintage blend (rather than single-vintage) sets it apart from rival Grande Marque Champagnes. The increased average age of the wines means deep and wonderfully integrated layers of flavour; these have won it a loyal following from connoisseurs across the globe.
While not yet rated, Krug’s Grande Cuvee is one of those wines that can be bought with complete confidence, such is the incredible consistency here. As expert Richard Juhlin says, “A chance to drink a Krug is never to be missed!” And we wholeheartedly agree. Especially as 2015 (on which this is based) is shaping up to be a very good Champagne vintage indeed.
A Wine Searcher editorial ascribes it “Legendary” status, stating that the “wines were stunning. Conditions were such that both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay excelled, and the wines tended to be beautifully balanced with rich, intense fruit.” This builds on a previous early report from Antonio Galloni when he said “Two thousand fifteen is a rare vintage that appears to be high in quality for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay” and “2015 is shaping up to be an outstanding vintage in terms of both quality and consistency”.
As such, rivals such as Cristal (96 points Galloni) and Winston Churchill (95 points Galloni) are already achieving excellent ratings from the critics. Given the brilliance of Krug, we would expect it so also do very well when reviewed and follow other Grande Cuvees based on top vintages to a mythical status among collectors.