Krug's latest Grande Cuvée will be launched on the UK market tomorrow, 14 May
The Champagne is a blend of 52% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 13% Pinot Meunier. Over half of the wine (58%) is from the 2012 vintage, while the rest comes from 10 different years. Overall, the blend consists of 198 base wines.
Speaking of the 2012 vintage, Cellar Master Julie Cavil said: ‘The year 2012 was a beautiful one for wine with a low yield due to the succession of weather “events” that hit 2,100 parcels in the vineyards of Champagne. Growers had to be particularly attentive to the vines to ensure a great harvest.
'In the end,’ she continued, ‘the wines were round and elegant with pastry notes, which is why for the 168th Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée I looked for reserve Chardonnay wines with freshness and vivacity from plots in Avize and Marmery, and Pinot Noir from plots on the Montagne de Reims Nord and Verzenay to bring the right tension. I love this Édition because it illustrates the importance of listening to the land.’
House of Krug describes its Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition as being light golden in colour, with fine, vivacious bubbles. The nose shows flowery aromas, ‘ripe, dried and citrus fruits as well as marzipan and gingerbread’. Meanwhile, the palate ‘reveals flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey’.
Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition, RRP £150/750ml, krug.com