The ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne
Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance - something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvée re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.
- FRA - Champagne
Krug leads off where most other champagne houses end, and this is every bit a prestige cuvée. Krug is adamant that it has no hierarchy in its cuvées, but price and style dictate that Grande Cuvée is always the starting point. Interestingly, the house now pours in reverse order, tasting Grand Cuvée last.
“My father said, ‘Red carpet for every Krug!’” explained Olivier. “There is no special treatment here and every grape at Krug is given the same respect. Krug’s winemaking team describes Grande Cuvée as its most exciting and most challenging wine to produce each year. It is a blend of the three champagne varieties, but there is no formula or recipe except to maintain the consistency of the style.
The Krug Grande Cuvée and Rosé styles are built on a high proportion (30-50%) and wide spectrum (6-10 vintages) of reserve wines. Reserves are kept in tank for five, ten and even twenty years. After blending, Grande Cuvée spends at least a further six years on lees in bottle to build its characteristic nutty flavours. It accounts for 85% of the production of the house.
Definitive and immovable, every bottle of Grande Cuvée I have tasted this year has been identical: decadently rich, extravagantly complex and thunderingly expansive. Smouldering truffle, fig, preserved citrus, dried fruits, exotic spice, butterscotch, brioche and Christmas spice all join the maelstrom but at every moment upholding wonderful poise of lemon zest freshness and deep wells of scintillating minerality.
A vinous wine of multifaceted personality and yet profound focus, Grande Cuvée is every bit as enchanting as its legendary reputation promises. Be careful not to serve it too cold, as an entire universe of captivating theatrics unfolds as it warms. Don’t miss the spectacle.
Rating 97 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2012 - 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep golden colour and fine, vivacious bubbles, predicting fullness and elegance.
Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, marzipan, gingerbread and citrus fruits.
Flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.
Krug Grande Cuvée lends itself to a plethora of culinary combinations, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, from an extra mature parmesan to a dish of turbot à la truffe.
The discovery of unique savoir-faire, a prestige cuvée that goes beyond the very notion of vintage.