Sale! 2004 Vintage Krug Champagne at the cheapest price in the country and all the Krug Champagne in the store!!

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One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.

Lawrence Welk


 


I have that same problem after a few glasses of Champagne.  One thing is certain that if it were my last supper one of the bottles on the table would be Champagne and it would most likely be Vintage Krug.  Don’t get me wrong I would not be disappointed to drink the Grand Cuvee as I have always stated that this wine is just as good as any of the other wines from Krug.  The other Champagnes from Krug are outstanding as well, although I have only tasted the Clos d'Ambonnay twice and both times was a bit too young to really enjoy. 


At the most recent Champagne All-Star tasting featuring; 1988 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose, 1990 Salon, 1990 Dom Perignon, 1990 Krug, 1990 Perrier Jouet Belle Epoche, 1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, 1992 Krug Clos Du Mesnil, 1996 Salon and the 1996 Krug.  At the end of the night there were 10 out of 16 votes from our Champagne drinking people cast for the 1990 Krug as WOTN!! Second place was the 1996 vintage Krug with the 1990 Salon and the 1992 Krug Clos Du Ambonnay in a tie for third place.  It was an incredible tasting and showed that the 1990 vintage is drinking at or near its peak right now where the 1996 vintage wines needed some time but these are both great years for collectible Champagne and we have quite a few bottles in stock for those of you Champagne lovers that want a vintage Krug experience!


Speaking of collectibles- Krug is one of the only Champagnes that substantially appreciate with the older vintage offerings from Krug selling for big money at auction today.  We have the 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996 2003 and 2004 vintages on this offering!!  We also have; the 2000 and 2003 vintages of the single vineyard Clos Du Mesnil and Clos Du Ambonnay on this offering!


Check out our calendar of events for 2019 as we just added an event with Olivier Krug on Wednesday January 23rd.  The last few times we had Olivier in town our event sold before the menu or list of Champagnes were revealed!  There are only 24 spaces available for this event so make your reservations NOW!!


Check out our line-up for New Year’s Eve and if you can’t make it to our Big Bottle Ballers New Year’s party at the Wine Bar we will be open New Year’s Eve at the Wine Store and we have plenty of big bottles if you need one for your party.


And I dug up an old Krug profile written by our founder Jim Turner – check it out at the end of offering.


 


Krug - One of the most Collectible of all the Champagnes


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2004 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne
Price: $295.00    Sale Price: $235.00          Quantity in Stock: 48


(97 points) The new release of 2004 Krug is absolutely beautiful and is already quite elegant and open on both the nose and palate and is drinking with great finesse. I had expected this wine to be a bit more steely in structure out of the blocks, but the refinement of the blend this year has produced a wine that is already a joy to drink at age thirteen, though it will continue age gracefully for many, many decades to come. The cépages in 2004 is thirty-nine percent chardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-four percent pinot meunier, with the wine having been disgorged in the winter of 2016. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a refined mix of apple, a touch of walnut, warm bread, lavender, a superb base of soil tones and a topnote of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with vibrant acids, great focus and grip, a lovely core, refined mousse and a very long, complex, racy and energetic finish. There is marvelous precision here on both the nose and palate, not to mention a sense of harmony and grace that is fairly rare in the 2004 vintage. Chapeau! 2017-2060. (11/2017)  John Gilman


2003 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne

Price: $337.50    Your Price: $297.00          Quantity in Stock: 4


Krug made less than 1/3 of the amount that they usually vintage in 2003, an amount that will only represent 5% of production. Grand Cuvee is 80-85%. The cepage is a surprising 46% Pinot Noir, 31% Meunier and 23% Chardonnay.


1998 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne 3 Liter

Price: $3135.00    Your Price: $2758.80      Not in Store: Available in 5 - 7 days


(94 points) The 1998 Brut Vintage is a gorgeous wine for near-term drinking, Warm, toasty notes lead to an expansive core of fruit that covers the palate. This isn’t the most complex Krug Vintage, but it also won’t take years or decades to offer its finest drinking. 2010-2020. My visit to Krug earlier this year was fascinating, as I had a chance to taste a number of 2009s and reserve wines. A tank sample of the 2009 Clos du Mesnil was one of the most exciting, viscerally thrilling wines of the trip, and remained etched on my mind for several weeks. I also had a chance to glance over newly found, hand-written original records that document the exact village breakdown of all the grapes Krug purchased in each vintage going back to 1928. This year I tasted a number of fabulous wines from bottle. Unfortunately I can’t include my impressions on Krug’s NV Champagnes because of the house’s insistence on not providing disgorgement dates for those wines. I was reminded of the importance of this information when I tasted a fabulous, utterly spellbinding bottle of the NV Rose. It was a truly beautiful Champagne, but owing to its recent disgorgement it needed at least a few years on the cork. Of course Krug gives a general indication of the disgorgement dates for their wines on the corks, but by that time, readers may have opened a bottle that needs more bottle age. Without this information it is impossible to give readers any reliable indication of when the house’s NV wines might start drinking well. With a retail price over $300 a bottle, opening a bottle of Krug’s Rose can be a very expensive learning experience. Krug fans will want to keep an eye out for my upcoming article on Clos du Mesnil, featuring complete notes back to the inaugural 1979. Wine Advocate #192 Dec 2010


1996 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne

Price: $695.00             Sale Price: $595.00     Quantity in Stock: 1


(98 Points) The 1996 Krug Vintage remains one of the greatest Champagnes ever made. It is also far less expensive than either the Clos du Mesnil or Clos d’Ambonnay but equally as delicious. This bottle is stratospheric, with layers of explosive fruit that flow effortlessly to the multi-dimensional, captivating finish. It is another eternal Champagne from Krug. In the Cellar # 0711 Jul 2011


1995 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne (Magnum)

Price: $1195.00    Your Price: $1051.60      Not in Store:      Available in 5 - 7 days


1995 Krug Vintage Champagne

Price: $450.00    Your Price: $396.00          Quantity in Stock: 1


(98 points) **Collectibles & Ranked #26 on Top 100 Wines of 2006** A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored by a precise structure and creamy texture. Its structure keeps it persistent through the long finish. A picture of precision and intensity. Drink now through 2025. (BS) (7/2006) Wine Spectator


 


1990 Krug Vintage Champagne

Price: $595.00 Your Price: $523.60    Quantity in Stock: 9


This was the WOTN at our recent Champagne All Stars tasting here at Wine Watch, it received 10 votes for first place of the 16 Champagne Drinking People at our event and we have the best price in the world on this collectible!!


(95 points)   At its finest, the 1990 Vintage is superb, revealing a slightly oxidized style, but a full-bodied, rustic, rich personality with the body of a red wine, but loads of character. I cannot recommend the 1989 Vintage as three bottles tasted were all oxidized, possibly from bad storage, but who knows?  Wine Advocate #162,Dec 2005


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1985 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne

Price: $825.00    Sale Price: $695.00           Quantity in Stock: 5


(97 points)  Animated and fresh, this is exotic on the nose and palate, with a finely woven tapestry of ground ginger, chamomile, pineapple pâte de fruit, grilled nut and biscuit flavors. Refined in texture and persistent on the long, truffle-laced finish. (12/2014) Wine Spectator


 


Single Vineyard Champagnes from Krug the rarest of all the Krug Champagnes


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2003 Krug Clos de Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne

Price: $1089.00    Your Price: $958.32        Quantity in Stock: 1


Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 exalts the crisp purity of a single walled plot of vines (Clos in French): Krug’s Clos du Mesnil in the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, and of a single grape variety: Chardonnay, all from a single year: 2003. The House of Krug chose to create Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 because, from the very first tastings, the Chardonnay grapes of the 2003 harvest already revealed a delightful, expressive and balanced character without any excess aromatic intensity.


Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 has tones of luminous yellow gold colour which shimmers with brightness.  You will be seduced by aromas of praline, hazelnuts, ginger and spices. In the palate you will find strong flavors of honey, quince and candied citrus fruit, with a long and slightly lemony finish.


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2000 Krug Clos d'Ambonnay Brut Champagne

Price: $2809.75    Your Price: $2472.58      Quantity in Stock: 1


Krug Vintage Champagne Clos D'Ambonnay 2000 is the rarest of all Krugs. Krug Clos d'Ambonnay is the exceptional product of a single walled vineyard in the village of Ambonnay, which for generations has been one of Krug's best-loved terroirs. In this supremely elegant champagne, Ambonnay's Pinot Noir grapes are elevated to their ultimate expression by Krug's legendary craftsmanship and long years of aging in the cellars.  The launch of Krug Clos d'Ambonnay is a landmark because it is a Champagne which three members of the Krug family - Henri Krug, Rémi Krug and Olivier Krug - all worked together on in unison.


Krug Grand Cuvee - as good as any of the Champagnes from Krug
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NV Krug Grand Cuvee Brut Champagne 3 Liter

Price: $1620.00    Your Price: $1425.60      Quantity in Stock: 1


Krug Grande Cuvee 163rd Edition Brut Champagne Magnum

Price: $696.00    Your Price: $612.48          Not in Store: Available in 5 - 7 days


200-250 different wines go into this cuvee with great vineyards like the Clos du Mesnil going into the blends. Very complex bouquet of hazelnuts, marzipan and exotic spices like ginger and candied dried fruits. The true art of this cuvee being the consistency of the taste as Olivier pointed out he worked for the firm which carries his namesake for 15 years to discover the key to making this wine the same way it has been produced since 1845!


NV Krug Grand Cuvee 166th Edition Champagne
Price: $210.00    Your Price: $184.80         Quantity in Stock: 3


The 166ème Edition marks the 166th release of Grande Cuvée since the foundation of Maison Krug in 1843.  With the launch of numbered releases starting with Edition 166, Edition 166 becomes the third numbered release.  (95 Points) This mouthwatering Champagne feels like a swathe of raw silk on the palate, where flavors of sun-dried white cherry, toast and Meyer lemon peel are accented by expressive saffron, ground coffee and mandarin orange peel aromas. Long and racy on the honey-, spice- and smoke-laced finish. Disgorged winter 2017. Drink now through 2025.  Wine Spectator


 


Krug also makes a KILLER Rose!
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Krug Rose Brut Champagne NV 3 liter
Price: $3768.75    Your Price: $3316.50     Not in Store:      Available in 5 - 7 days


MV Krug Rose Brut Champagne

Price: $397.50    Your Price: $349.80          Quantity in Stock: 1


Multi-vintage means that this wine is assembled from several great vintages and this is the art of Champagne, blending a mosaic of wines together every year to created a consistently excellent Champagne. Pretty strawberry and raspberry coulis like fruit with notes of candied ginger spice and hints of pepper and spice.


A bit about Krug by Jim Turner:


"The Krug taste is both majestic and magisterial...there is the raw material, the attention to detail, the ageing, the handmade quality.  And there are the Krugs themselves, with their adherence to a certain vision of their wine, the palate memory of five generations, their lack of compromise...the "Krug taste" is an idée fixe, an obsession of the noblest kind.


Krug Champagne is a name that is synonymous with the highest quality - its aficionados claim that it belongs in the company of those stellar stalwarts like Rolls-Royce and Cartier.  To achieve this recognition, one needs more than just dedication or expertise (both of which the Krugs have in no short supply) or a large advertising budget.  One needs a philosophy of excellence that is steeped in history and is as solid and unconditional as a rock.  While many other Champagne firms have altered their styles to conform to modern tastes, the Krugs have basically never wavered from the traditions and styles established five generations ago.  And how successful has this policy been?  Robert Parker, perhaps America's foremost wine critic says: "There are a lot of fine Champagnes made in the world, but there is no better than that made by the very small house of Krug, whose champagnes are legendary not only for their quality but for their aging potential."  Serena Sutcliffe, a renowned British wine authority, in her marvelous book titled Champagne says: "In a changing world, where one is constantly reappraising values and beliefs in the light of experience and shifting ethical standards, Krug stands as solid and as reassuring as ever.  This edifice to quality and consistently high standards remains a monument to our ideas of excellence and a bastion in our fight against mediocrity."  This is a sampling of the high praise that comes from both sides of the Atlantic, but one need only ask a Champagne connoisseur from any part of the world: "Who produces the best Champagne?"  On everybody's short list will be the inimitable House of Krug.


Krug was founded in 1843 by Jean-Joseph Krug who was born in 1800 in Mainz, Germany, moved to Paris and then eventually settled in Champagne.  He rented a cellar in Reims and quickly established a reputation as a blender of cuvées.  His flair for quality soon attracted other Champagne houses whose owners solicited him to make up their own blends.  In a very short time the Krug firm began to prosper and export wine all over the world.  Jean-Joseph's son Paul succeeded him; and when Paul passed away in 1910, his eldest son, Joseph II (who harbored a true love of the sea more than a love of Champagne) reluctantly assumed control of the firm.  Joseph II was badly wounded during the fighting that raged in and around Champagne during World War I; and at war's end, his doctors had a very pessimistic prognosis for his survival.  Because his only son (Paul II) was still a child, he appointed a nephew as a general manager.  The doctors turned out to be wrong.  Joseph II eventually lived to be 98 years old, outlasted his nephew, and remained involved with Krug almost until his death.  Serena Sutcliffe instructs us that the moral of this happy ending is "...with champagne at one's side it does not do to be pessimistic about one's life expectancy."


Paul II began working in the business in 1935, is now in retirement; and the firm was passed on to his two sons, Henri and Rémi.  Henri handled most of the winemaking duties while Rémi was the managing director and Krug's ambassador-at -large.  Rémi tirelessly troted the globe promoting Krug in tastings and gatherings of "Krugies" about the world.  In May of 1990 we had the good fortune of joining Rémy Krug in a small luncheon at which was served the entire line of his Champagnes.  Besides this Grand Cuvée, we tasted (while listening to Rémy Krug extol the virtues and uniqueness of his Champagnes) the 1982 and 1964 vintages, the 1981 Clos du Mesnil, and the non-vintage rosé.  The Krug style - a common thread to all of them - was evident across the entire range of these quite different Champagnes.  There was the non-vintage Rosé with its deft balance, touch of raspberry cream, and its very pale color that reminded of the shyly rising sun in one of Monet's "Haystacks in Winter"; the elegant, austere, stylish 1982 vintage; the robust, lively flavors of the 1964 vintage with its honey-praline-hazelnut flavors; and the extremely austere, penetrating 1981 Clos du Mesnil with its toasty, vanilla, wheat-thin bouquet.  All were unmistakably Krug.


By Champagne standards Krug is quite small - less than 500,000 bottles (compared to 27,000,000 bottles annually at Moët) are produced.  Up until 1970, the Krugs purchased all the grapes for their Champagnes - preferring to leave the growing to those who knew how to do it best.  However, between 1970 and 1972 the Krugs acquired about fifteen hectares of land in Aÿ and Les Mesnil including a 1.87 hectare single vineyard known as Le Clos du Mesnil.  These vineyards are rated the top 100% in the échelles des cru (this is the rating system established in Champagne to classify the best vineyards and determine the price which the grapes can command).  The Clos du Mesnil - comprised of 100% Chardonnay - has existed since 1698 and is one of only three single-vineyard Champagnes produced in France.  The vineyards supply about 25% of Krug's needs, but only select growers are used for their remaining requirements.  A lady in Avize, for example, sells half her thirty hectare vineyard to the Krugs under a long term contract established in 1974.


Krug's wines - unlike most of the more "modern" houses - are fermented in oak casks.  The Krugs feel that the oak gives them the extra dimension of complexity and aromatics they seek in their wines.  Only the first pressing is used (Champagne law does not require it; but Krug law does!); the first pressing is known as the cuvée, and all Krug Champagne is cuvée only.  The wine is never filtered and is never released to market until five or more years after bottling (the longest in Champagne, to our knowledge).  The firm backs up its stocks with six years of supply from which to blend.  And for Krug, blending is the key. The Multi-vintage Grand Cuvée is Krug's bread and butter Champagne accounting for almost 80% of its production. Launched in 1978, the Grand Cuvée can be a blend of as many as fifty different base wines from as many as eight different vintages.  Like all Krug Champagnes it has an "intellectual" taste not well suited for all palates and one that goes better with food than most Champagnes (many of which are now relegated to service as forerunners to the meal rather than as companions with it)."  - Jim Turner, Founder of Wine Watch


Although the Krug family no longer owns the Champagne house, the house is now part of global conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH). Like most of the companies in the group, Krug runs with a certain amount of autonomy and Oliver Krug is now the face of the Krug family in charge of Marketing and still has a good deal to do with production.  The style has remained the same while the production at Krug may be up a little bit (I would bet that Moet is making more than 27,000,000 bottles annually today), Krug is still one of the ultimate collectibles from Champagne today.  This perceived and real autonomy has played a large role in maintaining the house's reputation and consistent style.


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We have Olivier Krug coming to the Wine Watch on Wednesday January 23rd!  This event will sell out quickly don’t wait to see the line-up of wines or the price to reserve your seat there are only 24 spaces available and we will be showing both single vineyard wines!!


 

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