Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Olivier Krug to discuss the launch of the new “Krug Editions”. I also had the opportunity to show him and his team our new San Francisco store. It was a great afternoon, and as usual I learned a lot from Olivier.
Late this year, the US will receive its first Krug Grand Cuvee with the batch number, or edition, on the front label. They are starting with edition 163- the 163rd blend of Krug Grand Cuvee to be released since 1843. They call each batch a “re-creation” of Grand Cuvee, since their goal has always been the same with this wine for all of these years- to recreate the dream of Joseph Krug. I am super happy that they are putting these batch numbers on the front, as well as the Krug ID on the back to reference details on their website and phone app. They have gone from the most secretive big house to the most transparent in ten short years, and I am proud to be able to offer their great wines.
I just received a few cases of older Krug Grand Cuvee; batch 211021. This batch is based on 2003 and has reserves from 9 vintages, going all the way back to 1988. It was disgorged in spring of 2011. Cellar master Eric Lebel used a large amount of 1996 reserves in this batch to freshen and lift the 2003 base wine. It is composed of 51% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 19% Meunier. I can offer this at the same price as the current batch of Krug Grand Cuve, $149.99. The current batch is 214035, and is based on 2007 with reserves going back to 1990. Olivier Krug and I tasted this together, and it is in an absolutely perfect place right now. This beguiling Champagne has fresh brioche, white truffle intrigue, spectacular texture and body and a long, driven finish that might have made me guess 1996 vintage! If you have never had an older Gran Cuvee, you should treat yourself, they are every bit as good as aged vintage in my mind.
We also have a great deal on the 2003 Krug vintage- it was selling for $229, now it is $189.99.
Please let me know ASAP if you would like some. It is impossible for us to offer the different batches online until the new editions come out, so email me your requests. The last time we had older Krug like this it lasted less than two days!
Also, Olivier and I tasted the beguiling 2002 Krug (sold out for now) and I am convinced it is the best vintage that they have made since at least 1996, and maybe 1988! Click on the link to add yourself to the waiting list, we should get more at the end of spring, beginning of summer, but it will never touch the shelf!
A toast to you!