Krug

Grande Cuveé 164ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

9.494 ratings
9.425 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

As the famous quote goes...“I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it.” I can relate to that quote more than I’d like to. This time last year, we were in defeat, grieving the loss of our first born who passed away shortly after birth. Fast forward a year, and this bottle was opened at the hospital this weekend after the birth of my wife and I’s daughter. We are able to celebrate this victory with more joy knowing everyone is healthy, and can’t wait to pop many more bottles at all future birthdays and life events!

Based on the ID, this bottle belongs to the 164éme edition, so the base of this wine is 2008 (youngest) with Reserve going back to 1990 (oldest). From half bottle. Sweet golden apple, honeycomb, brioche and smoked marshmallows aromatics. Great acidity and structure as expected...toffee, caramelized nougat, “oxidative” like sherry/nutty notes, but very bright. Not as dark or rich as previous Grande Cuvee offerings, but it works well here. Lingering finish that shows all the glorious layers Krug can offer. Splendid.

As the famous quote goes...“I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it.” I can relate to that quote more than I’d like to. This time last year, we were in defeat, grieving the loss of our first born who passed away shortly after birth. Fast forward a year, and this bottle was opened at the hospital this weekend after the birth of my wife and I’s daughter. We are able to celebrate this victory with more joy knowing everyone is healthy, and can’t wait to pop many more bottles at all future birthdays and life events!

Based on the ID, this bottle belongs to the 164éme edition, so the base of this wine is 2008 (youngest) with Reserve going back to 1990 (oldest). From half bottle. Sweet golden apple, honeycomb, brioche and smoked marshmallows aromatics. Great acidity and structure as expected...toffee, caramelized nougat, “oxidative” like sherry/nutty notes, but very bright. Not as dark or rich as previous Grande Cuvee offerings, but it works well here. Lingering finish that shows all the glorious layers Krug can offer. Splendid.

Jun 30th, 2019
Conrad Green

Really bright and crystalline. Lifted lemon and slate. Tight with acidity fine and high wire tension. Lovely stuff. Young.

Really bright and crystalline. Lifted lemon and slate. Tight with acidity fine and high wire tension. Lovely stuff. Young.

Jun 23rd, 2019
Jason Li

Need no explanation. It's Krug.

Need no explanation. It's Krug.

Jan 1st, 2019
Conrad Green

Very bright and lifted and mineral. Great definition and real depth lurking beneath. A fine mousse with electric tension and acidity. Tightly wound but all in place. Great stuff. 2008 base.

Very bright and lifted and mineral. Great definition and real depth lurking beneath. A fine mousse with electric tension and acidity. Tightly wound but all in place. Great stuff. 2008 base.

Dec 3rd, 2018
Cody Short

More Krug. More awesomeness

More Krug. More awesomeness

Nov 30th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Medium lemon gold in appearance with tiny bubbles. Still an absolutely baby, took a couple hours just to open up. Thick nose layered with brioche, lemon zest, acidic Granny Smith apples and some gravel. High mouthwatering acidity (8/10) and full bodied. Quite austere in its youth wanting to come out of its shell. Electrifying on the tongue with layers of citrus zest, white minerality, green apples, a touch of salinity and some yeast. Long and never ending finish. Drink from 2020 till 2045.

This bottling is the 164ème Édition of the Grande Cuvée by Krug which spent at least 8 years aging in the cellars (bottled Summer 2016) and is comprised of a blend of 127 different wines (38% reserve) covering 11 different vintages from 1990 to 2008. The blend is made up of 48% Pinot Noir (some from Montagne de Reims, Verzenay and Ay), 35% Chardonnay (some from Villers-Marmery and Trépail) and 17% Pinot Meunier (some from Sainte-Gemme).

Medium lemon gold in appearance with tiny bubbles. Still an absolutely baby, took a couple hours just to open up. Thick nose layered with brioche, lemon zest, acidic Granny Smith apples and some gravel. High mouthwatering acidity (8/10) and full bodied. Quite austere in its youth wanting to come out of its shell. Electrifying on the tongue with layers of citrus zest, white minerality, green apples, a touch of salinity and some yeast. Long and never ending finish. Drink from 2020 till 2045.

This bottling is the 164ème Édition of the Grande Cuvée by Krug which spent at least 8 years aging in the cellars (bottled Summer 2016) and is comprised of a blend of 127 different wines (38% reserve) covering 11 different vintages from 1990 to 2008. The blend is made up of 48% Pinot Noir (some from Montagne de Reims, Verzenay and Ay), 35% Chardonnay (some from Villers-Marmery and Trépail) and 17% Pinot Meunier (some from Sainte-Gemme).

Oct 31st, 2018
Cody Short

Love my Krug splits

Love my Krug splits

Aug 18th, 2018
Cody Short

So impressive!

So impressive!

Aug 18th, 2018
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

9.5

One and done. It was a long day

One and done. It was a long day

Mar 22nd, 2018
Aaron Means

One of my all time favorite champs

One of my all time favorite champs

Mar 4th, 2018