98

Krug

$250

1998 Champagne Brut

If you are a Krug classicist, this is your wine. There’s nothing like it, other than prior great vintages of Krug (and perhaps the 2002, when that breaks away from the cellar). My notes on this wine are extensive, but the one word underlined is Kruggy: It has the power and stodgy brilliance of Krug. The depth of the wine is hard to describe, with ethereal quince and sweet spice providing sunniness to counter the gravitas of the structure. It brought to mind the crostini topped with uni and lardo at Marea in NYC—a dish that would bring out the layers of lime, lemon zest and shellfish broth in this wine. It would also match well with rich Lyonnaise cuisine, a foie gras terrine, duck confit…whether you open it now or in 20 years.

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96

Krug

$260

2000 Champagne Brut

Building on the exotic character of the vintage, this wine’s volumes of flavor range from lobster broth to star anise; the yeasty crust of a fresh baguette; the spritz of lemon zest. It’s a vibrant 2000, remarkable for the delicacy and intricate detail attained within the confines of a single year. Oyster bliss with a West Coast Kumamoto.

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96

Krug

$350

Champagne Brut Rosé

Pink gold, this is the most vinous of Krug’s wines, a fresh, vibrant pinot noir elevated to the ethereal precision and focus that Champagne’s soil and climate can give. There’s a coolness to the flavors that leave the impression of forest air, a gentleness that belies the power of the structure and the dark tones it brings. Drinkable in the most fantastic sense of the word.

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95

Krug

$140

Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

This is the best release of Grande Cuvée we’ve tasted in the last several years, a wine that lives up to its historical greatness with Burgundian richness and Champenoise complexity. It’s layered, intense, almost tannic in its grip, bringing high notes of chamomile and allspice to leaven the resinous butterscotch and chalk cave depths. A heady and immense multivintage blend.

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