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RICHARD JUHLIN ON KRUG

‘For me, Krug is more than a Champagne. It is a word that stands for artistry, tradition, craftsmanship, and moments of pure pleasure.’

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée - ’I.D. 312 036′ (05 base)

TASTING NOTE ‘134 wines from 12 different years. Oldest wine from 1990, youngest wine 2005, received it’s cork summer’12. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here. Little bit less impressive lately. I thought it was just bad luck, but it seams like the wine has lost a bit of magic. I am crying! A vintage base that doesn’t fit the Krug style well. To much baby-fat without the right structure at this point. Hopefully the wine will develop as we want over time.’

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée - ’I.D. 212 029′ (04 base)

TASTING NOTE ‘121 wines from 12 different years. Oldest wine from 1990, youngest wine 2004, received it’s cork summer’12. RJ has not tasted this version yet. I like this version based on a beautiful Chardonnay-year. It gives the wine a refined elegance that I really appreciate.’

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée - ’I.D. 211 021′ (03 base)

TASTING NOTE ‘121 wines from 12 different years. Oldest wine from 1988, youngest wine 2003, received it’s cork spring’11. Wonderful to finally follow any single cuvée hiding behind the label through the new app. This heavy 2003 is lifted fantasticly by a high proportion of healthy reserve wines and has an elegance and complexity that is actually greater than the vintage wine from this year. Incredibly stylish!’

RJ 92(94)