Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay Blend * 75cl * 12% ABV * Champagne, France
Few houses have a higher reputation than Krug, but the house is something of an anomaly in the Champagne world: Krug separates all of its base wines according to vineyard plots, assesses them individually, and then blends them. There are no corners cut here: if a vineyard's juice does not meet the house standard, it is sold to another producer as bulk wine. Whislt the majority of prestige cuvees from houses are vintage Champagnes, Krug's Grand Cuvee is a blend of many different wines across different vintages in an attempt to showcase Krug's extensive reserve wines. Rather than talking of 'non-vintage', the house prefers 'multi-vintage'. Although the house was sold to global luxury goods conglomerate LVMH in 1999, Olivier Krug is still the house's director.
The base vintage of Edition 165 is 2009, but the blend is comprised of 127 different wines from 10 vintages across 25 different villages. All the wines undero malolactic fermentation and are aged for six years prior to release, allowing the complexity of flavour to develop. This gives Krug its characteristic broad and rich palate. Edition 165 is actually the smallest and rarest batch of Krug ever, the result of a global economic crisis that occurred at the end of the last decade. Production was around 1/12th of normal and the house did not bottle any vintage Champagne - hence, it is likely to become a collector's item.
Rich and hedonistic, yet with terrific freshness from the very good year. Bright citrus and floral notes, with some youthful signs of developing complexity. Ripe and fruity with plenty of life ahead of it. House Director Olivier Krug is keen for his wines to be drunk from tulip-shaped wine glasses, as opposed to flutes, allowing more aromatic intensity and flavour. A perfect food wine that will see you through from aperitif to the cheese course.