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Champagne Krug Brut Vintage

Wine Description

(1996 Vintage) Krug 1996 is extraordinary indeed – an extreme, eccentric champagne that first caresses the senses with its rich aromas, firm texture and full, ripe flavours, then dramatically explodes into jubilant freshness. Rich, radiant gold illuminated by slender streams of bubbles, Krug 1996 already promises a masterful combination of maturity and acidity as its aromas tease the nose with the tartness of fresh pear and candied lemon, the roundness of ripe fruit and nougatine. Then, even as the taste buds a...

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    WA98 Drink 2009-2036 The real surprise among Krug’s 1996s is the 1996 Vintage, which is drinking beautifully, even among this rarified air of single-vineyard Champagnes. The 1996 Vintage is explosive and creamy, with just the right balance of power, richness and freshness. The mousse is perhaps just a touch less refined than in the 1996 Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay, but it is also perfectly measured with the wine’s exuberant personality. This multi-dimensional, textured Champagne is at the early part of its drinking window and promises to deliver an incredible drinking experience over the coming decades. The take-away from this flight of 1996s from Krug is simple. Although the 1996 Vintage can’t possibly be described as inexpensive, it shows exceptionally well next to its much more expensive brethren and clearly delivers a similar level of quality. Readers who have the opportunity to pick up this wine should not hesitate. It is a gem. No disgorgement date provided. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2036.

    over 6 years
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    consistently the top range that you can find for champagnes. savoury, excellent balance of flavours with a tinge of tomatoes. super!

    about 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/2006
  • Robert Parker
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/12/2010
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 00/00/0
  • Wine Spectator
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/10/2012
  • Wine Spectator
    (1996 Vintage)