Grande Cuveé 166ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

Shay A

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend who is needing some samples/lab analysis done for comparative research. Hard way to spend a Monday...

There was quite a debate about what is “oxidative” in style versus what is “reductive” (and what doesn’t fall in those categories). That aside, I really enjoy the Krug house style. Toasty nougat, and caramel up front, which turns more salted caramel and old cashew in the middle before ending with brown sugar coated pear & caramel apple. To me, the style here is about showing the vessel which carries the fruit (oak, age, older vintage base) vs actually showing the fruit itself. Thanks
@Weston Eidson
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Jeff MeyerDan FitzgeraldWeston Eidson
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Charles Krug

Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Has been 14 months since opening up one of these. This wine has slightly developed, but still youthful and tannic as hell. Nose alone is worthy of a 92. Even still, the wine is full bodied blackberry and blueberry pie monster on the nose and front palate. Thick. Goes to a coffee bean and even a hint of truffle chocolate to the finish. Lots of tannin here, but still able to appreciate the ample dense and dark fruit. A touch more blue fruited than last time, this wine has substantial structure that has me confident that this could go another decade or 2. Only 1 left, so..... — a day ago

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Grande Cuvée 158 Ème Édition Brut Champagne Blend

Celebratory bubbles!! — 3 days ago

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Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 2002

Very fresh and bright on the nose. Lifted sherbet lemon and steely acid. On the palate great clarity and cut with real sharp edges and lovely poised midpalate. This is a pup but has excellent material. — 6 hours ago

Howard HorwitzPaul WoollsMatt Lichtenberg
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Brut Champagne Blend 1995

Wow. This was out of magnum and it has a long life ahead of it. Paired lovely with shell fish. — 10 days ago

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Charles Krug

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1965

Tasted blind. Tawny color, translucent with clear rims. Old wine nose with notes of cola, dark berries, black cherry and a little mint. Starts dry in the mouth with wispy fruit, but with air time, the fruit comes on stronger and you get that old Cal Cab power. Guessed old Cal Cab, but was off a decade on the vintage. With a `65 birth year I get few chances to have something decent from anything grown that year. Very nice. — 17 days ago

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David L

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I’ve had it. And it’s my birth year also. Delicious
Manny Abascal

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Cool. That makes 3 of us 43 year olds (or is my math wrong?). 65 wasn’t a great year for much. I’ve heard the Vega Sicilia is pretty good but haven’t tried it.
David L

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65 was a crap vintage for sure. Vega Sicllia is about it. I did enjoy the Krug. Cheers. Looking forward to opening the next bottle.


Brut Champagne Rosé Blend

Need to give it some air for it to really open up and unleash all the flavors it packs. Lucky enough to have great friends that share such greatness with us! — 9 days ago

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Grande Cuveé 167ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

The 'Grande Cuvée' 167ÈME Edition from Krug is a simply sensational effort that is drinking marvelously now, but is ultimately destined for an exceedingly long life in the cellar. This particular wine was disgorged in Spring 2017 and is a blend of 191 wines ranging from vintages 1995-2011. The aromatics show wonderful mustiness, white truffle and peat moss with bright nectarine rind, toasted macadamia nut, kumquat, marzipan and a lovely nutty character all build in the glass. The brightness and intensity on the palate excites with wonderful weight, textural richness as well as a dazzling minerality. Mouth-watering acidity accompanies this beautiful Champagne with lemon zest, wild mushroom and ginger infused sourdough bread flavors with diatomaceous earth undertones all impress. An absolute stunner, this brilliant Chamagne is glorious now and should go on to evolve and drink beautifully over the next two decades. Drink 2019-2040- 97 — 6 days ago


Clos du Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2004

True type champagne. Grapefruits bitters. Refreshing mouth cleaning fresheur. — a month ago

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An absolute pleasure of a champagne! Fine layers of flavors and long lasting finish. Not a bad way to kick off a big lunch with the family. — a month ago

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