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.
A subtle nose of maple syrup and candied lemon opens up to reveal a hint of maize meal and shiitake. It leads onto a palate that is utterly streamlined and lemon-scented. This is serene but it comes with beautiful depth and a lovely note of autolysis, expressed as lemony, creamy polenta, enhanced by fine mousse. There are highlights of grapefruit zestiness with the lovely signature savouriness of Krug, expressed in just a hint of salty, grilled shiitake mushroom, revealed on the long and mouth-watering finish. A most brisk, taut, bright, but also rather subtle and profound iteration of Krug.
Striking citrus focus here, with intense yellow citrus aromas, such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as flinty notes, wet stones and dried flowers, such as chamomile. Just the beginnings of more savory character, in the form of toast, cocoa powder and grilled nuts. The palate has a very taut, youthful and unevolved feel, showing elevated acidity and verticality as a central feature, around which the body and depth has been assembled. 55% 2014 harvest. 51% pinot noir 38% chardonnay and just 11% meunier in this edition. Try from 2024.
The 170th edition of Krug's Grande Cuvée is formed around the 2014 vintage, with 195 reserve wines spanning 12 years back to 1998 in the blend. Pale straw with a fine mousse on pouring. The nose is toasty, rich and honeyed - quintessentially Krug. There are fine notes of finger limes, struck match and toasted brioche too, the nose is very open and enticing at this early stage. The same notes follow on the palate, which is generous in fruit and structure thanks to a creamy, persistent mousse. Freshly baked bread, praline and acacia come through but are balanced by savoury, buttery, earthy tones. The zesty acidity of 2014 complements the rich and mature reserve wines of the blend, matching tension with ample weight. This is a very fine rendition of Grande Cuvée, delicious already with a long finish that promises an equally strong future.