House of Krug chose to create Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004 because the year 2004 succeeded in offering ideal conditions for the maturation of beautiful grapes, with the promise of revealing the full potential of this walled plot. Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004 exalts the crisp purity of a single walled plot of vines (clos in French) in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and of a single grape variety – Chardonnay – from a single year, 2004. After 12 years in Krug’s cellars, it reveals a precise signature and a striking grace.
For Krug, the year 2006 gave birth to a great and classic Krug Champagne. Krug 2006 is generous, intense in aromas on the palate, without any excess, with an ending leaving a sensation of greatness and distinction.For the final blend, the selected wines were those best exhibiting the unique, silky roundness of the year with a good structure and length. Pinot Noir constitutes almost half (48%) of the blend, with the majority coming from plots in Montagne de Reims Nord, Sud and Les Riceys. Ripe and full-bodied Chardonnays (35%) add roundness and opulence while Meuniers (17%) from Leuvrigny and Sainte- Gemme bring tension and length.
Krug Grande Cuvée is re-created every year and the 168ème Édition is based on the 2012 harvest complemented by 42% reserve wines from 11 different vintages dating back to 1996. This is a sensational release with abundant aromas of white flowers, fresh and dried citrus, marzipan, toasted nuts and gingerbread. On the palate it is full-bodied and generous with a deep core of fruit and a wonderfully silky, refined mousse. Immediately enjoyable and ready to drink, however, Grande Cuvée has an excellent track record for ageing and this can be expected to improve over the next couple of decades.