Krug Millesime 2002

0,75 l in original gift wrapping. A Champagne Blend Dry White Sparkling wine from Champagne, France. Alcohol content: 12,0%.

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€475,00 Incl. tax
Grundpreis: €576,67 / Liter

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Alkoholgrad: 12,0% vol.
Allergene: Sulfite, Spuren von Eiweiß
Abfüller/Erzeuger: Champagne Krug, 5 Rue Coquebert, 51100 Reims, Frankreich

Proprietary Blend
2018 - 2030
 Stephan Reinhardt
29th Jun 2018

Krug's 2002 Brut (ID 415064 – disgorged IV/2015) has an intense citrus color and opens with a generous, intense yet fine and precise bouquet that indicates great depth and elegance. Red fruit flavors on the nose lead to a generously rich yet pure, highly refined and elegant palate, with lots of ripe cherry fruits and delicious yeasty flavors. This is a highly complex and tensioned but beautifully balanced 2002 with a charming dosage that gives perfect roundness. The finish, however, is clear, fresh and well-structured, if not taut, and very mineral. Tasted in Reims in April 2018.

Krug's Olivier Krug and I didn't get together during my first four years at The Wine Advocate—we were both traveling a lot, and our paths didn't cross for years. They still didn't cross in April this year, but thanks to president Magareth Henriquez, I was welcomed by PR Manager Romain Cappelaere and the charming Julie Murez who guided me through the impressive cellars before she handed me over not to the expected cellar master Eric Lebel (who had to cancel at the last minute) but his young and jocular oenology department manager Julie Cavil, with whom I tasted the cuvées. Julie has been with Krug since 2006 and is Lebel's righthand man. After the welcome aperitif in the family house (the 162nd edition of Krug's Grande Cuvée), I tasted in this order: 2002 Clos du Mesnil, 2002 Clos d'Ambonnay, 2002 and 2004 Vintage Brut and the 158th edition of the Grande Cuvée, which is also based on the great 2002 vintage though it tries to overcome the vintage style. As readers know, Krug's utterly generous, golden-yellow colored Grande Cuvée, a composition of 120 to 200+ base wines, three grape varieties and 15 to 20+ vintages, is the first prestige cuvée re-created each year yet without letting the vintage play the first fiddle. Without guidance, I probably would have tasted the wines the other way around to end up with the very particular single-vintage, single-vineyard, single-variety "Anti-Krugs." Yet this is not the Krug philosophy. The Grande Cuvée is by far the most important wine of the house and the prestigious quintessence of the house style that is always more important than anything else, perhaps more important than even vintage, even single vineyard... The generous, complex, mature but fresh and certainly highly finessed and elegant Krug style is achieved by many steps, for example: a wide range of vineyards in top locations; an early harvest; the individual vinification of each pressing; alcoholic (and malolactic) fermentation and aging until February in old small oak barrels; the reserve wine library with 150 individual wines from about 15 different vintages; the long lees aging of five to eight years... However, starting the tasting with Krug's single-vineyard cuvées from the glorious 2002 vintage is not the worst entry into a tasting day. Krug's Grande Cuvée was released the first time in 1843, and starting with the 158th Edition, it displays the edition number on the front label, which helps to speak not just about a famous brand and great Champagne but also about a specific edition. That's why we have just started to give each edition its own entry in our database, because it previously was impossible to know which edition the reviewer was talking about. More transparency is also given by the ID code, a six-digit number located on the upper left hand side of the back label, whose first three digits indicate the period of disgorgement (for example 108 means: first quarter 2008). On Krug's website, consumers can now get insight into some technical data of each cuvée, which had been a secret for so many years. The ID code can also be used as a reference to collect bottles and enjoy them whenever it seems to be appropriate.

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