Back to back fours…

Back to back fours…
We are delighted to be able to re-release two brilliant recent cuvees that we originally sold out of. Of all the recent Krug Grand Cuvee editions, it is the 164 which is destined for the longest of innings. To further the cricketing analogy this is a wine of penetrating line and length and the purest of actions. Whilst the 163 is clearly the better selection for drinking today, the 164 is the one that will be up on the honours board in years to come. Krug has absolutely smashed it out of the park with their 164! These magnums are not only rare, but also much in demand. A case in the cellar will be a handsome thing indeed…

Alongside the 164 we have Krug Vintage 2004. Described by Antonio Galloni as ‘absolutely mesmerizing”, this is without doubt one of the finest Krug vintages in recent memory, a wine of extraordinary energy and precision. We’ve sold out on a couple of occasions, so we’re delighted to be able to give those who missed out another go at this exceptional release.

Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring. 97 AG

Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. 97+ AG