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Krug Grande Cuvee 168th Edition Brut NV (Champagne, France)
Krug Grande Cuvee 168th Edition Brut NV (Champagne, France)

Retail Price: $200.00
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Winery: Krug
Varietal: 52% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 13% Meunier
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750 ml


Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
About the wine:
- It is a blend of 198 wines from 11 different years, the youngest is from the year 2012, while the oldest dates back to 1996.
- Its final composition is 52% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 13% Meunier.
- A stay of around seven years, or six years in the case of half-bottles, in Krug’s cellars gives Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition its distinct expression and elegance.

-A light golden colour and fine, vivacious bubbles, holding a promise of pleasure.
- Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe, dried and citrus fruits, as well as marzipan and gingerbread.
- Flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.

- Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition was composed around the harvest of 2012, a beautiful year with a low yield due to a succession of meteorological events. Frost, rain, storms and hale all hit the vineyards of Champagne in winter and spring 2012, followed by the driest ripening season since 1974, resulting in 20% fewer grapes.
- The final creation is the result of blending wines of the year from carefully selected plots with reserve wines of specific plots from 10 other years. As the wines of 2012 were reminiscent of pastry with great roundness, reserve wines were added to bring vivacity to the blend. Reserve Chardonnays were chosen from certain plots in Avize and Marmery for their freshness, while Pinot Noir reserve wines from plots in the Montagne de Reims Nord brought tension.
- In all, reserve wines from the House’s extensive library made up 42% of the final blend, bringing the breadth and roundness so essential to each Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée.
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points - James Suckling (167 Edition):
"A rich and dense Champagne with complexity and decadence, in a fresh and agile way. Very driven and energetic with praline, cooked apples and hints of honey. Some bread dough, but subtle and vivid. Very tight and focused. Racy and direct. Bright edition. Very fine textured. Youngest wine in the blend is 2011. Edition 167. Drink now." (July 2019)

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (167 Edition):
"Making its debut this year is Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition, a beautiful wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, peach and waxy citrus rind, complemented by complex notes of freshly baked bread, walnuts and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and muscular but incisive, with a deep and concentrated core, a pinpoint mousse and a long, complex finish. Built around the 2011 vintage, the wine includes reserve wines dating back to 1995 and was disgorged in the winter of 2017-2018. Readers are advised to give it at least a couple years of bottle age before popping corks." - William Kelley (Apr 2019)

95 Points - Wine Spectator (167 Edition):
"This mouthwatering Champagne is intense, from the floral- and spice-laced nose to the racy frame of acidity to the expansive flavors of grilled nut, mandarin orange peel, black currant and coffee. Stands out for finesse rather than power, with an enticing finish that brings you back for another sip. Disgorged January 2018. Drink now through 2027." – AN (Nov 2019)

94+ Points - Antonio Galloni (167 Edition):
"Krug’s NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition is positively brilliant. Chef de Caves Eric Lebel and his team have always put tremendous emphasis on the craft of blending. Never has that discipline been more critical than here, with the 167, which is based on 2011, one of the most challenging harvests in Champagne in many years. Brisk and racy in the glass, the 167 is laced with a range of lemon peel, baked apple, brioche and floral notes. Readers should plan on giving the 167 at least a few years in bottle, as it is presently tightly wound and not at all expressive. The flavors are beautifully articulated. In many releases, the Grande Cuvée is richer and more overt. The 167, on the other hand, is airy, weightless and sublime. Most importantly, it is an unqualified success. This release is based on 2011, with reserve wines back to 1995." (Jul 2019)

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