2003 was an incredibly surprising year for Krug as a vintage Champagne wine was almost not made at all! Hence this vintage is nicknamed "Vivacite Solaire" by Krug. Extreme weather put the skills of the vine growers and wine makers to the test!
The growing year kicked off dry with some early bud break, leaving many young, particularly Chardonnay, grapes exposed to harsh frosts. The following summer gave in to an incredible heat wave, leaving grapes inconsistently ripe. The various vineyards were harvested over a period of weeks to account for under ripeness in some plots.
The skill and expertise of the winemakers at Krug now had to work hard in order to blend an unusually varied palate of wines into a Champagne which they could be proud of! Reduced Chardonnay yields gave Pinot more of the stage to play with, creating a more forward vintage with great richness and body.
The House of Krug was founded by Joseph Krug in 1843 after several years spent as an accounts clerk with Champagne Jacquesson. Today it is generally regarded as the most prestigious of all the Grands Marques, and only produces prestige Cuvees a commitment which it often uses to market and support its position. The consistent focus on quality brought the attention LVMH who recently decided to add Krug Champage to their luxury brand portfolio.
Krug is, however, still run like a family concern under the meticulous co-ordination of Henri Krug and Eric Lebel. Clos du Mesnil, the walled garden vineyard no bigger than Romanee Conti was purchased in 1976. The quality of this pure Chardonnay Cuvee was just too good in the best vintages to add to the vintage blend and the decision was made to bottle it as a super cuvee, beginning with the famous 1979 vintage. More recently came the addition of a second micro cuvee; Clos D'Ambonnay is a Blancs de Noirs Cuvee Champagne marketed towards the uber rich. But it is perhaps Krug's flagship wine, Krug Grande Cuvee which has done most to augment the reputation here, as though it is effectively a non-vintage Champagne it is only made from excellent years, and includes no less than 50% of reserve wines from as many as 10 different vintages.
Code 113015. 46% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier. Disgorged winter 2012.
Tasted blind. Very impressive and intense. Savoury and fine. Surely an even vintage? Pretty neat and youthful on the end. Really neat and bright. 2006 base?
Light yellow. Powerful, complex bouquet evokes fresh peach, pear, floral honey, green almond and smoky minerals. Deep, palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors show outstanding vivacity for a hot vintage, picking up ginger and talc notes with air. The strikingly long, sappy finish features zesty orange pith, smoky minerals and an echo of honeysuckle. I'd be in no rush to drink this one. Speaking of waiting, I had the chance to revisit the 2000 Vintage Krug and it has begun to pick up the smoky, weighty and nutty character that long-time fans of this producer crave. It's still plenty young but already unmistakably Krug, with a chewy texture and a sexy floral nuance dominating right now.
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