We have just secured a new allocation of Krug Grande Cuvée 169ème, first released earlier this year. Based on the 2013 vintage and scoring 96 points from more than one critic, this latest cuvée is released at £720 per six bottles in bond, against a backdrop of rising market prices for prestige champagne. The market price for the 168ème, which we offered to you last year at £695 in bond, is now at around £900.
The blend for this latest release includes 146 wines from 11 different years, dating back to 2000, but with the character determined by the youngest, the 2013. You may recall from our previous offers that Krug's intention is to express the style of each 'base' vintage, rather than maintaining a consistent style as of old. In keeping with the year, the 169ème is classical and taut, with a firm acidity which The Wine Advocate's William Kelley suggests will repay long-ageing. This also suggests potential for scores to increase after some time in bottle.
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Available December 2021.