After a myriad of En Primeur releases, today we are thrilled to offer an exceptional release from outside of Bordeaux, the new edition of the highly sought-after Champagne, Krug Grande Cuvée. This exquisite Cuvée truly represents the ultimate expression of Krug’s craft. It is born from the dream of one man, Joseph Krug, to create the very best Champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. Since 1843 the House of Krug has honoured this vision with a new Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée: the most generous expression of Champagne.

The 169 Edition received a stellar 97 point score from James Suckling, who admires, “Instantly recognizable aromatic depth and complexity here. The DNA of Grande Cuvée looms large on the nose with fresh-baked brioche, crushed almond, subtle baking spices and stony notes, as well as an array of stone fruit. The palate delivers a wide spectrum of citrus, from lemon to orange to grapefruit and beyond.” Indeed, this elegant and complex champagne with a spectacular long finish, as noted by Jancis Robinson is “playing the intellectual card”. Robinson granted it 18.5+ points, describing it as “Sleek and fresh and truly spring-like.” Available today at £715 per case of six IB, it is a stunning Champagne which can be enjoyed immediately or easily cellared for a couple of decades.

Krug Grande Cuvée is not a conventional non-vintage at all, rather it is made from a predominant base vintage, which establishes its core, then blended with many other vintages. Krug Grande Cuvée 169 was composed around the harvest of 2013, a year that beautifully expressed the unique characters of the House’s iconic plots. An additional 145 wines from 11 different years, with the oldest dating back to 2000, have contributed to the blend. The final composition is 43% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 22% Meunier. A stay of around seven years in Krug’s cellars gives Krug Grande Cuvée 169th Edition its distinct expression and elegance.

The Krug view their non-vintage Editions as a cut above the rest, we do also. In fact, their non-vintage competes with and exceeds most vintage prestige Champagnes. The Edition number identifies a specific creation of Krug Grande Cuvée. Every year a sole blend, a unique bottling is created.

Krug Champagne House was established in 1843 by Joseph Krug and today Olivier Krug still supervises the Houses’ production, tasting and blending; this represents six generations of stewardship. Krug is the only Champagne House that continues to produce their Champagnes in small oak casks, this is the essential component that defines its legendary intense bouquet and complex flavours.