The Krug Champagne house was established in 1843 by founder Joseph Krug. Known to many as the most majestic non-vintage Champagne available, Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition NV is known to many as the King of Champagne. With a high proportion of Chardonnay, the Grande Cuvée is rich and full bodied, dominated notes of honey, hazlenut, marziplan, gingerbread, almonds, citrus and a seductive, biscuity finish that lingers for minutes. Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition is composed around the 2013 harvest, with 40% of the final blend being made up of the the House’s extensive library of reserve wines, bringing breadth and roundness. The final composition is blended from 43% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier from Krug’s Premier & Grand Cru vineyards in Ambonnay, Aÿ, Le Mesnil and Trépail. Effortlessly sophisticated!
“Deep copper gold. Tiny, tiny bead. Much more obvious acidity, age and (lightly oaky?) savour on the nose than Cristal 2013. Aérien with blossomy notes with a little mandarin. Very marked acidity on the palate. A real wake-up call! Sleek and fresh and truly spring-like with a light yeasty note on the very long finish. The most pleasure to be had initially is in the nose and the finish. The palate is still a bit of shock. This should have a long life. Bone-dry finish and playing the intellectual card. Throbs on the palate with all its vibrancy. Long. Tighter than the 168ème Édition. Structure dominates fruit.” – 18 Pts, Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com (April 2021)