Krug Champagne has received six out of the top 10 placements on Wine Spectator's Recommended Champagnes List. This year's list was selected by Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator's Senior Tasting Coordinator, and chosen from more than 350 champagnes reviewed. The six Krug Champagnes that graced the top 10 of this year's list are:
• Krug Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Clos du Mesnil 1998 – 98 points
• Krug Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Clos du Mesnil 2000 – 97 points
• Krug Brut Champagne Vintage 1998 – 97 points
• Krug Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 – 96 points
• Krug Brut Champagne Grande Cuvee – 95 points
• Krug Brut Rose Champagne – 95 points
As evidenced by this recognition from Wine Spectator, Krug has sought excellence through quality, attention to detail and consistency since its founding by Joseph Krug more than 160 years ago. It is the only house of Champagne to create only prestige cuvees, offering five Champagnes with no hierarchy.
Krug Grande Cuvee is the epitome of the house of Krug. Over 20 years and a unique savoir faire are necessary to craft each bottle. Created beyond the very notion of a vintage year, Krug Grande Cuvee is a blend of some 120 wines from 10 different vintages.
Krug Rose was born from a desire to offer the Krug vision of what a Rose Champagne should be. An unprecedented Champagne in the same creative spirit that goes into Krug Grande Cuvee, transcending the very notion of vintage. Crafted from three different grape varieties and several different years, Krug Rose reveals a broad and extensive aromatic palette, enabled by a stay of four to five years in the cellar.
Krug Vintage is not the selection of the best wines of a particular year, but rather the expression of that year according to Krug. At Krug, each wine is meticulously selected; therefore, Krug Vintage does not compete with other cuvees. It is neither superior nor inferior to them; it is quite simply created differently.
Krug Clos du Mesnil exalts the purity of a single plot of Chardonnay, a 1.84-hectare vineyard protected by walls since 1698, in the heart of the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most emblematic villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region. Krug Clos du Mesnil boasts intense purity and persistent aromas of this single plot, crafted only in the years that have succeeded in fully expressing its potential, and enhanced by over 10 years in the Krug cellars, gaining finesse and elegance.
Krug Clos d'Ambonnay exalts the intensity of a particular Pinot Noir grape: that of a small, walled plot of 0.68 hectare in the heart of Ambonnay, a village that has played a special role in the life of the House of Krug. Only Krug's savoir-faire could reveal the depth and intensity of grapes from this single plot in the years that have succeeded in fully expressing its potential, enhanced by over 12 years in the cellar gaining finesse and elegance.