Between 30 to 50 percent is produced from the most recent year, the rest being a blend of up to 9 vintages. This is an incredibly sophisticated and precise blend of over 120 different wines from numerous parcels and villages. Toasty rich and complex notes of red currant and nut with a biscuity dryness together with a telltale chalky minerality on the finish, highlighting the Mesnil Chardonnay element of this blend. Vinous, rich yet precise and crisply fresh.
Quality is something that Krug know a fair bit about, having have made nothing but Prestige Cuvees every single year since 1843. At the helm of this great house is one of the Krug family; Olivier, who today is driving quality to ever greater heights. Precision and hard work in both the vines and the cellar, together with some enviable vineyard holdings, make their Champagnes some of the most sought after in the world.
Their flagship wine is the Grand Cuvee, a blend of 10 vintages and over 120 different wines from numerous parcels and villages. The fermentation in used oak barrels allows a plot by plot vinification and does not exist to impart any oak flavour. Each parcel is kept in steel tank after fermentation until it is called upon for the Grande Cuvée blend. The oldest single wine currently is a 16 year old parcel of Grand Cru Bouzy. Extended ageing sur lie is another hallmark of Krug, the Grand Cuvee is never kept for less than 6 years before degorgement, the vintage 10 years, and even more extreme is the Krug collection – vintage Krug that is kept at least 20 years before degorgement.
Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.