KRUG CHAMPAGNE TOPS WINE SPECTATOR’S LIST OF TEN BEST CHAMPAGNES OF 2012 LIST
Krug is 2012’s Best Rated Champagne House as Wine Spectator Selects Six Krug Champagnes For Annual Top Ten List
New York, NY – December 2011 – This year’s prestigious Wine Spectator Top Wines List consists of 16 champagnes selected by Alison Napjus, the magazine’s Senior Tasting Coordinator, chosen from more than 350 wines reviewed. The six Krug Champagnes recognized on this year’s list are:
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay
Krug reveals the intensity of a 1998 Pinot Noir grape from a single, tiny walled vineyard. Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 is only the third Champagne from this exceptional terroir ever created (after 1995 & 1996). Its striking exuberance blossoms into a unique finale celebrating this particular Pinot Noir grape from a walled plot of only 0.68 hectares in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most emblematic villages for this grape variety in Champagne, and one which has played a very special role in the life of the House of Krug. Only Krug’s savoir-faire can successfully reveal the fullness and ardor of grapes from this single plot in 1998, now enhanced by over twelve years in the cellars gaining finesse and elegance. Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 has a very high ageing potential.
Krug Clos du Mesnil
Krug Clos du Mesnil exalts the purity of a single plot of Chardonnay, a 1.84-hectare vineyard protected by walls since 1698, in the heart of the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most emblematic villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region. Only Krug’s savoir-faire could successfully reveal the intense purity and persistent aromas of this single plot in the years that have succeeded in fully expressing its potential, enhanced by over ten years in the cellar, thus gaining finesse and elegance.
Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 – NEED INFO
It is with characteristic panache and exacting dedication that Krug reveals the exquisite indulgence Krug Clos du Mesnil 2000, which has now spent just over a decade in the cellars mellowing in elegance and finesse.
Krug Vintage 1998
Krug 1998 still sings with as complete, bountiful and unique a choir as when it was first revealed. To tell the story of this year, Krug blended wines from three grape varieties from many different plots but dominated by Chardonnay, unusually for Krug as it is only the second time a similar story has been told. The first was as far back as 1981 and now Krug 1998 has an extraordinary natural long finish, enhanced by its stay of over ten years in the cellars. It was quickly nick-named Hommage au Chardonnay because of the finesse and high potential of each of the wines tasted; the name is a tribute to the particularly outstanding personality of the wonderful Chardonnay grapes of that year.
Krug Grande Cuvee
Since 1843, Krug Grande Cuvée has been at the very heart of Krug, embodying the utmost in excellence that Joseph Krug sought to give his clients: a Champagne of extreme generosity, absolute elegance and unfailing quality every year, which soars over and above the notion of vintage. Krug Grande Cuvée is the ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne. Its taste reconciles the paradoxical - fullness and freshness; intensity and finesse; richness and elegance; complexity and crisp simplicity. All these seemingly antagonistic elements combine with perfect precision. Krug Grande Cuvée exemplifies the generosity, depth and fullness of its creation: a blend of some 120 wines from ten different vintages. It is by blending the wines from so many different years, that Krug gives Krug Grande Cuvée a fullness of aromas and flavours. These wines are selected from Krug’s amazing repertoire of reserve wines, some of which may reach up to 15 years of age. Krug Grande Cuvée finds its elegance and emblematic bubbles during a stay of at least six years in Krug’s cellars.
An unprecedented Champagne in the same creative spirit that goes into Krug Grande Cuvée, transcending the very notion of vintage, Krug Rosé is first and foremost a Krug before being a Rosé. The red fruitiness in Krug Rosé comes from a skin-fermented Pinot Noir wine which gives a subtle and unparalleled color, but also a firm and silky smooth texture that giving the impression of biting into a ripe fruit. Krug Rosé reveals a broad and extensive aromatic palette, ennobled by a stay of four to five years in the cellar. Its structure and volume originate from the skin-fermented Pinot Noir wine. The harmonious opening nose of puff pastry and red-berry tart, combining raspberry, blueberry and strawberry, develops towards honey and citrus fruits. Krug Rosé is the ultimate pleasure experience in Rosé Champagne. Krug Rosé is decidedly the most nonconformist of Krug Champagnes in terms of its texture, colour and taste.
About Krug Champagne
Krug has always respected its reputation as a truly great Champagne House, the only one to exclusively create what are today called prestige cuvees. The House of Krug illustrates the amazing adventure of a visionary, Joseph Krug, a determined man with an uncompromising philosophy, who understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure itself. He wanted to offer his clients the ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne every year, regardless of the annual changes in climate, and for this to be the signature of the House: thus Krug Grande Cuvee was born. Joseph Krug founded the first and only House with Champagnes that are all of equal, undisputed quality and distinction. His vision and savoir-faire have been perpetuated and enriched by six generations of the Krug family since 1843.