Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne

Krug Grande Cuvee is one of those rare brands that is both a prestige cuvee and a non-vintage champagne. Krug Grande Cuvee is an excellent non-vintage champagne. This elegant champagne is to ponder rather than to just celebrate. It is available at many retail establishments.

Krug is unique in many of its viticulture and winemaking practices. We have explored what makes them unique.

Krug Grande Cuvee
Sweetness Level:
Category: Basic Prestige Cuvée: Yes
Ratings (on a scale of 100)
Champagne 411 94 Dec. 2013   Average Retail Price
Wine Enthusiast 94 12/01/10   (750 ml bottle) $170
Wine Spectator 97 11/30/13    

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Light yellow with fine soft steady bead.
Aroma/bouquet: Lemon meringue pie, pear tart, apple, hazelnut, flinty minerality.
Palate: Lemon, apple, poached pear, ginger, brioche, toasted hazelnut. Minerality throughout.
Additional comments: Elegant. Excellent non-vintage champagne. A wine to ponder rather than just celebrate. Meant to be sipped over time for a complete experience.
When to drink: Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne is ready to drink at release but will be at peak for 5 to 10 years or more after.

Grande Cuvee Details
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Label: Krug Grande Cuvee
Champagne Krug
Wine Category:
Sparkling Wine
Region & Country:
Champagne, France
Type (Style):
Sweetness Level: Brut
Dosage: na
Prestige cuvée: Yes
House Style: Krug has no "house style" but dedicates its craftsmanship to its prestige Krug Grande Cuvee, which counts for more than 80% of production.
Vineyards: NA
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier. Percentage varies by year.
Alcohol: 12%

Go to Champagne Details for a description of the above types, characteristics, and grapes.

Krug Grande Cuvee

Krug uses the méthode champenoise for their champagne production. The Grande Cuvee is composed of about 120 wines or more from at least 10 vintages. A minimum of six years in the bottle is standard. Krug is dedicated to the production of the Grande Cuvee. The primary focus above everything including vintage is to identify wines that will consistently promote the excellence in this non-vintage blend. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used in the blend, but percentages vary year to year. The mission is solely to maintain consistency and excellence, not to follow a recipe.

412042 is the ID number of the Krug Grande Cuvee bottle for this review. It is now possible to go to the Krug website and enter the ID number.on the back bottle label for specific details. This particular bottle was disgorged in Autumn of 2012 after it had aged more than 7 years in the cellars. It blended 134 wines from 12 vintages from 1990 to 2005. Krug is committed to satisfying their loyal followers. Providing easy access to desirable information has become a priority.

Krug is unique in many of its viticulture and winemaking practices. Grapes from the very best plots throughout Champagne are vinified separately during the primary fermentation in 205 liter old oak barrels. After fermentation and some weeks in the barrel, wine is transferred to reserve tanks. The composition for the blend for final bottle fermentation is determined by taste alone. Although many of the grapes come from grand cru vineyards, tasting is what makes the decision as to what will be used at Krug. A tasting panel tastes each wine blind over a period of months in the autumn through spring with no priority as to whether it is a grand cru or even a premier cru. Anything that does not fit intro Krug's standard of perfection is relegated to one of the other Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy holdings.

Award Organization
Award Year
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2008 Silver
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2005 Gold
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