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Krug Grande Cuvee 167th Edition ID# 218019 MV (750ML)

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97 JS / 96 DE  95+ WA / 94+ AG / 94 DE

A rich and dense Champagne with complexity and decadence, in a fresh and agile way. Very driven and energetic with praline, cooked apples and hints of honey. Some bread dough, but subtle and vivid. Very tight and focused. Racy and direct. Bright edition. Very fine textured. Youngest wine in the blend is 2011. Edition 167. Drink now. - James Suckling

The rich nose is reminiscent of Japanese seaweed crackers with its insistent, breezy saltiness. The palate shows more savouriness, displaying an almost elastic autolytic depth that draws you in towards the salty miso and yeast core before bouncing you back to the breezy, lemony atmosphere like a vinous bungee. It is that roasted, nutty, salty richness that makes you take another sip. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030 Anne Kreibiehl MW -

Making its debut this year is Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition, a beautiful wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, peach and waxy citrus rind, complemented by complex notes of freshly baked bread, walnuts and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and muscular but incisive, with a deep and concentrated core, a pinpoint mousse and a long, complex finish. Built around the 2011 vintage, the wine includes reserve wines dating back to 1995 and was disgorged in the winter of 2017-2018. Readers are advised to give it at least a couple years of bottle age before popping corks. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate

Krug’s NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition is positively brilliant. Chef de Caves Eric Lebel and his team have always put tremendous emphasis on the craft of blending. Never has that discipline been more critical than here, with the 167, which is based on 2011, one of the most challenging harvests in Champagne in many years. Brisk and racy in the glass, the 167 is laced with a range of lemon peel, baked apple, brioche and floral notes. Readers should plan on giving the 167 at least a few years in bottle, as it is presently tightly wound and not at all expressive. The flavors are beautifully articulated. In many releases, the Grande Cuvée is richer and more overt. The 167, on the other hand, is airy, weightless and sublime. Most importantly, it is an unqualified success. This release is based on 2011, with reserve wines back to 1995. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Edition 167 is a blend of 47% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier; aged for just under seven years and dosed with 7 g/l of sugar. Despite the rather troubled ‘base’ vintage, the wine does not lack for power, its youthful exuberance evidenced by a rich golden colour and a precocious nose of vanillin, soft coconut and summer flowers, behind that spice, white pepper and hints of tropical fruit. Magnetic and seductive, this is a wine of great breeding and incredible potential. - Simon Field, Decanter

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