Krug Grande Cuvée 171ème is now released for sale, ex-cellar, at £1015 per six bottles in bond.
Each year since 2017, Krug has released a new 'Edition' of Krug Grande Cuvée, built around a single vintage but composed of many different years.
Krug Grande Cuvée 171ème was composed around the harvest of 2015, a year marked by unprecedented heat and drought that prevailed from the end of May to mid-August, slowing grape development. Fortunately, rains in the second half of August allowed the berries to grow and, combined with sunshine and reasonable temperatures, ensured ripening in optimal conditions. To create this Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée, the Cellar Master Julie Cavil looked to accentuate the year’s elegantly diverse aromatic expressions with different plots’ reserve wines from 11 other years.
“The Chardonnays and Meuniers of 2015 showed a bit of restraint, so I looked to fresher years from our reserve wine library, including the harvests of 2008, 2013 and even 2014 to bring vivacity and tension to the blend. In this Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée, you will also find Chardonnays from warmer and more capricious years such as 2000 and 2006 that add patina and a toasty quality. The exceptional Pinot Noirs of 2015 were complemented by around 30 other expressions to bring generosity, spice and structure. Finally, Meuniers were selected from 4 harvest years to add an assertive quality and diversity to the final blend.” -Julie Cavil, Cellar Master, Champagne Krug.
Krug Grande Cuvée 171st Edition is a blend of 131 wines from 12 different years, the youngest of which is from 2015, while the oldest dates back to 2000. Its final composition is 45% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 18% Meunier. Reserve wines from the House’s extensive library made up 42% of the final blend. The wine has been aged for seven years in Krug’s own cellars. gives this Edition its remarkable expression and elegance.
Offered in bond, available for delivery Summer 2023.
We also have some library stock of the previous release, Krug Grande Cuvée 170éme, available at £915 per six bottles in bond:
"Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 170ème Édition is based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by some 45% reserve wines dating back to 1998, with the house drawing on, among many others, 2013 for structure and 2012 and 2003 for generosity. Opening in the glass with aromas of pastry cream, dried fruits, pear, warm spices, freshly baked bread and vanilla pod, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and fine-boned, with excellent concentration, racy acids and a precise, chiseled profile. But if the latter adjective could be applied to the 2013-base 169ème édition equally felicitously, the 2014-base 170ème is more giving and less tightly wound out of the gates and will offer more demonstrative drinking young. Drink 2021 - 2041. 95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
"From vintages spanning from 1998 to 2014, the NV Champagne Grande Cuvee 170eme Edition is decadent and nuanced, with a rounded perfume of toasted brioche, lemon curd, and honeydew melon. Ripe yellow orchard fruits fill the palate with nectarine, fresh grapefruit pith, and a core of acidity. This is showing wonderfully now, although it still has the tension to go for the next 20 years. 95+ points" Jebdunnuck.com
"Wonderful precision and depth right away on the nose, with dried pineapple, light apricot and hints of flint and slate. Medium-bodied palate that’s firm, bright and linear. Vivid,driven acidity adds focus and perfection. Dried lemon and a wonderful, creamy texture with a mineral undertone. Extremely long, almost endless. Sophistication here. Drink or hold. 96 points" jamessuckling.com
"Lots of acidity! Extremely lively and brisk. But it’s actually readier than most young Grandes Cuvées I have tasted at this relatively early stage with sumptuous texture actually. Very clean and fresh. Bone dry but broachable and quite charming within the Krug ethos. Really quite friendly. One of my favourites of this line-up! 18 points" jancisrobinson.com
|SPARKLING||1981||1 bottle||Krug||Magnum||£2,950 per bottle||Krug
1981 / 1 bottle / Magnum
£2,950 per bottle