Krug Grande Cuvee Edition 164 N.V.
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Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring.
|Score: 97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2017|
The new 164 Edition release of Krug Grande Cuvée is a blend built around the 2008 vintage base wine. Bright lemon and vibrant in the glass, the nose is explosive with pure lemon curd, light toastiness and fresh brioche. There are complex, flinty, mineral and smoky notes and some crushed lime. The palate is vibrant and taut, with a stony, mineral core of citrus fruit fleshing out through the mid palate to reveal creamy, buttery fresh bread. The broader fruits through to the finish are cut by vibrant acidity, lifting and cleansing the palate. This is a concentrated, steely and complex wine with great tension, balance and finesse. There is huge potential for long ageing. The finish is enduring, flourishing with Krug’s textural breadth, lifted blossom fruit and flinty, nutty complexity both beguiling and incredibly moreish. A knockout Grande Cuvée, one of the best we have ever tasted.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2017|
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