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Krug : Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition

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The richness and elegance of a legendary Krug Champagne

Each year, Krug recreates its legend through an exceptional Champagne. In the 166th Edition of a series of legendary Champagnes, the new Grande Cuvée Krug 166 reveals the brilliance and virtuosity of a blend of 140 wines from 13 different vintages, the youngest dating from 2010 and the oldest from 1998.

With grapes from the 2010 harvest, the Maison Krug's Grande Cuvée 166 immortalizes the expression of a vintage during which the contrasts in weather triggered the expression of each grape variety.

The complexity and unparalleled sophistication testifies to the know-how that gives the House of Krug its acclaim. The Grande Cuvée 166 Krug blend combines 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay from the best terroirs of the Côte des Blancs, and 16% Pinot Meunier for a touch of zeal. This exceptional Grande Cuvée 166th Edition brings together no less than 42% of reserve wines, which combine the structure and roundness of the wines from 2000 with the wines from 2006 from Verzy and Bouzy to harmonize with the generosity of the Grande Cuvée de Krug.

After taking the time to age in the cool, impressive chalk cellars of the House, the Krug Grande Cuvée 166th edition is a discovery of a sensational elegance and distinction. The appearance charms with finesse and liveliness to reveal a perfect stream of bubbles. The aromatic bouquet is one of refinement and complexity with apple, hazelnut and rich nougat aromas, along with delicate floral notes. The palate evolves with liveliness to give a pure and distinctive texture. A deliciously round mouthfeel unfolds with elegance that is subtly balanced between the flavours and the biting acidity. The precision, elegant elegance and refinement of this cuvée will seduce the greatest Krug lovers and will promise great ageing potential.

Parker : 96+ / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Compared to Krug's 160th edition, the bright golden-yellow colored NV Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition (ID117010) is still a baby that shows the chalky and fruity features of a young white Burgundy intermixed with notes of Schwarzwälder Kirsch (dark cherries with black chocolate) and floral (ammonia) flavors on the pure, fresh and elegant yet intense and still yeasty brioche nose with its ripe apple aromas and refreshingly bright (lemon juice) overtones. Round, wide and very elegant yet also straight and tense on the palate, this 2010-dominated cuvée is very delicate, fresh and chalky but also dense and lush in its vinous texture. The finish is well-structured, fresh and persistent, indicating great complexity and vibrancy. However, I would wait at least another three years, during which time the 166th edition will gain even more finesse and quiet. The 166ème Édition is composed of 140 wines from 13 different harvests between 1998 and 2010, and it's a blend of 45% Pinot Noir with 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier, the latter of which provides the vivacity that the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs surprisingly didn't have in 2010, a vintage that was marked by its tumultuous climate, as Eric Lebel writes. Tasted in New York in November 2018.
Champagne
Alcohol
12

Grape varieties
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier

Dessert wine
No

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Area
Champagne

Appellation
Champagne

Color
White

Producer
Krug

Sweetness
Brut

Parker
96+

Allergens
Contains sulphites