Fresh, zesty spiced lemon and citrus notes of top Meunier and elegantly built Chardonnay, with a hint of honeysuckle and spice. Supremely subtle mouthfeel, showing textural quince and plum flavours. Optimally ripe, not heavy, with magical, very Krug-like acidity. It's so fresh. From a fine Chardonnay year, it has the ideal blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier. Great potential. Drinking Window: 2019-2035. 95 points, Michael Edwards (4/2017).
They thought this would be ready before the 2002, so they had some bottles disgorged in 2014. The 2004 growing season benefited from 2003 when there was such a small yield post frost that the vines built up reserves, meaning that 2004 was a very generous crop and selection was permitted. Very pure and greenish straw. Savoury nose. Very dense but flyaway linseed nose. Quite rich on the palate. Tight knit. Very solid with baked-apple flavours. Lots of density. Called ‘luminous freshness’ by the Krug team. Masses of energy. 18+/20 points, jancisrobinson.com (9/2017).
Disgorged in spring 2014 (when they didn’t know whether they’d release this or 2002 first). Unusual in having more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir: 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 24% Pinot Meunier. Olivier (Krug) is reminded of the 1998, which also had slightly more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. Krug’s oenologist summed up 2004 with the words 'luminous freshness'. Krug ID 214041. Nose: vividly bright and fresh, but delicate; floral, citrus, orange blossom honey. Palate: honey, citrus, biscuit, brioche, walnut and hazelnut, creamy middle, but tight knit with radiant acidity. Great purity. Shimmering with intensity and energy. 96 points, joannasimon.com
According to Krug, 2004 was a year of luminous freshness, tension and stylish radiance. A late September harvest allowed subtle complexities created by a longer time than usual on the vine. Ideal conditions led to particularly fine Chardonnays and fragrant Pinot Meuniers as the vineyards regenerated themselves after the devastating spring frost and summer heatwave of 2003.
The 2004 Krug is composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Meunier. It was first disgorged after 12 years of ageing on the lees, and held for another year in the cellar before release.
At first sight, the beautiful light golden colour promises radiant freshness. The nose begins with an expressive bouquet of ginger, candied citrus and quince, followed by richer notes evoking lemon meringue tart, plum and Mirabelle. On the palate, great balance with light notes of brioche and honey giving way to an array of fresh citrus, including oranges, lemons and mandarins, enhanced by an elegant finish.
‘Is Krug a great wine for the connoisseur?’ asks Olivier Krug. ‘No, it’s a great Champagne for pleasure. You don’t need to be a connoisseur to enjoy our Champagne… enjoyment will come naturally when you taste it.’
Krug is the greatest Champagne. It is, as others (including myself) have said many times, Champagne’s answer to Burgundy’s Romanee-Conti. It is superbly poised, the flavour and texture as complex as a Beethoven symphony played in a great concert hall under the baton of a great conductor. 99 points, Wine Companion.
"Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle."
97+ points, Antonio Galloni (December 2017)
"A great Champagne as expected from Krug, perhaps a touch finer and more restrained than some vintages. Superb harmony and freshness, ample body but not showing overt oak influence - all components are in wonderful harmony. Biscuit, nougat, toast, vanilla and white peach are just some of the aromas. A Champagne of great charm and poise."
97 points, Huon Hooke (February 2018)
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.