Champagne KRUG Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition Bottle (0.75L) | Naked Bottle
Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition is a champagne of great richness and fine elegance that goes beyond the notion of vintages. Krug Grande Cuvée is the most generous expression of Krug champagnes.
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Every year since the foundation of the House of Krug, a new Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is crafted. The signature of the Champagne House, born from the vision of one man, Joseph Krug, who dreamed of offering the best champagne possible each year, regardless of climate variations.
This bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition is a blend of 146 wines from eleven different years, the youngest wine from 2013 and the oldest from 2000. The bottles have been resting in the cellar for about seven years, gaining in expression and elegance. Each glass is the fruit of more than 20 years of expertise.
Reserve wines from Krug’s extensive library make up 40% of the final blend, lending the essential fullness and roundness to each Krug Grande Cuvée Edition.
The tasting reveals round, pastry-like notes, underlined by an intense golden colour and fine bubbles full of vivacity, predicting fullness and elegance.
Krug Grande Cuvée lends itself to many culinary combinations, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, pairing with an old parmesan cheese or with a turbot with truffles. This champagne can be served as an aperitif with Jabugo ham and an old Comté cheese, a plate of oysters, grilled shrimps, Indian or Moroccan dishes, and also to accompany desserts such as tarte Tatin or cheesecake.
Ideal serving temperature : Serve between 9 et 12 °C.
Blend : Krug Grande Cuvée is made of Pinot Noir (43 %), Chardonnay (35 %) and Meunier (22 %).
Vinification : After two difficult years, the 2013 harvest provided the ideal conditions for Krug's oldest parcels to shine. The Chardonnays of the year were of exceptional freshness and purity, with intensity and length. The Pinot Noirs, powerful and long on the palate, develop their discreet fruity aromas, while the Meuniers confer structure, tension and vigour. To put the finishing touch to this blend, the selection is enriched by wines from different parcels, dating from the first decade of the 21st century, notably the Meuniers de Sainte-Gemme, whose warmth, opulence and texture contrast with the finesse and elegance of those from 2013. Krug Grande Cuvée 169ème Edition is created around the 2013 harvest. The season began with a long winter, followed by a cool, rainy spring. Fortunately, the summer was warm and sunny, although there were hailstorms that damaged the vines. The wines of the year are as full and expressive as they are aromatic. To create this Edition, the Chef de Caves wanted to emphasise the roundness and elegance of the 2013 aromas with wines from different parcels and from ten other vintages. The special attention paid to the vines and the respect for the unique character of each parcel allowed the full expression of this Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée.
Characteristics : Krug Grande Cuvée is the essence of the Krug identity. Like all other Krug Champagnes, Krug Grande Cuvée owes its personality from its first fermentation in small oak barrels: the distinctive dimension that marks the Krug style. The wine making techniques of the highest quality, its 19-hectare vineyard, the strictness of its supplies from 56 hectares and its three million bottles that have been waiting for many years in its cellars make Krug the reference for Prestige Champagne.