Rich and mouthwatering, this powerhouse Champagne is driven by vivacious acidity. The expansive palate features flavours of glazed apricot, toasted brioche, candied cumquat and ginger, espresso crème, fleur de sel and cognac. Offers a long, lingering, well-spiced finish. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2030. 97 points.
The potential for a Krug vintage wine is only identified after the blend of Grande Cuvée has been secured, and all the reserves earmarked. ‘Our challenge with Grande Cuvée is to make a consistent wine that erases all the character of the vintage,’ Olivier Krug explains . The most extreme and spectacular wines are kept aside as reserve wines; those with the most pronounced character of the vintage become the vintage wine. Krug’s vintage comprises just 4-5% of production, making a statement to reflect the story of the year, rather than a creative expression. Krug dubs Vintage 2000 gourmandise orageuse — stormy indulgence — after its chaotic season, among its most intense and warmest declared vintages, alongside 1947, 1959, 1976, 1982 and 1989. It carries a gentle and calm demeanour that belies its tumultuous season. In spite of glowing generosity, it’s somehow transfixed in time, held in suspended animation and astonishingly barely evolved from its release four years ago, yet somehow even more expressive. The sheer endurance of even a warm vintage is a marvel, finding a new lease on life in Krug’s capable hands, with remarkable freshness and vitality infused by a taut yet silky line of malic acidity, drawing its multifaceted complexity into tight control. Aglow with yellow summer fruits becoming orange zest, the great intensity of Krug resonates in rumbling depth of butterscotch, honey, molten wax, toast and hints of smouldering hearth. All the silky lusciousness of 2000 is on parade, amidst deep-set mineral expression and silky texture on a finish of sheer concentration and wonderful poise. A brilliant Krug, right at its prime, with no sign of waning anytime soon. The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.
Composed of 43% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier, the only Grand Marque to use Pinot Meunier in its vintage releases. Glowing, bright green-gold, the palate is an amazingly intense battle for supremacy between the layered richness that is the DNA of all Krugs, with roasted nuts, figs and honey on the one side, glorious grapefruit, Meyer lemon and mineral acidity on the other. Krug is the greatest wine of Champagne. 99 points, Wine Companion.
This is quite an incredible Champagne, with virtually unmatched grace and complexity, a hedonistic treat that will leave you gasping for more at the end of the bottle. The nose has deep autolysis notes, buttered toast and crumpets, dark, yeasty notes and a wealth of melted butter. Notes of dried apple and plenty of spice here, a real essay in deep Pinot Noir. The palate is precise and deeply anchored; it holds the line beautifully, delivering concentrated lemon and grapefruit flavours, assertive, tingly acidity, finely beaded spark and smooth, nutty hazelnut flavours through the finish. A savoury, complex and majestic wine that's very, very distinctive. 98 points, Age/SMH Good Wine Guide 2013.
Hints of pastry, butter, toasted almonds, dried pears and apricots are all woven together beautifully in this distinctive, gorgeous Champagne. All the Krug signatures come to life beautifully in the glass. The 2000 is still quite young, especially if readers are looking for more tertiary complexity and nuance. At the same time. I don't think the 2000 will ever be one of the most explosive wines made at this historic property, but it offers considerable medium-term appeal and plenty of personality. This is a great showing from Krug. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. 95 points, The Wine Advocate.
Lovely tiny bead. Lemony lift on the nose. Olivier Krug told us ruefully that this was one of two vintages (with 1989) when the UK trade didn't complain that it was released too young. There is apparently lots of Pinot Noir in the blend even though it tastes so crisp and vital. This is a wine that tastes unusually open for a vintage Krug. Very broachable indeed. Dry, chewy finish bit not aggressively so. 18.5/20 points, jancisrobinson.com
When first released two years ago, the wine showed some of the exoticism of the 2000 vintage, the broad flavours ranging from lobster broth to lemon zest and star anise. As it has matured, the wine's richness is at once more baroque and more seamlessly woven into a deep golden beauty. Rather than fresh, it feel brisk and lithe. The wine's fragrance is layered in deep complexities and elevated to sunny high notes. A glorious vintage of Krug. 97 points, Wine & Spirits (US).
Krug's 2000 Brut Vintage is very understated and cool. It boasts gorgeous textural finesse and layers of effortless fruit. This is an especially vibrant, floral Champagne for Krug that impresses for its fine balance and sensual personality. Even better, the 2000 drinks well right out of the gate, unlike 1995 and 1996. A superb, caressing finish laced with green pears, spices, flowers and almonds leaves a lasting impression. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030. 93 points, The Wine Advocate.
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.