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Vines Chardonnay (35 %), Pinot Meunier (13 %), Pinot Nero (52 %)
Bubbles , Cuvée, Sans Année

Color: Light but bright golden yellow, fine and persistent perlage.
Smell: The nose is rich and extremely complex with notes of dried flowers, citrus fruits, marzipan and gingerbread, bread tones, nougat, brioche and toasted hazelnut.
Taste: On the palate the sip is articulated in a kaleidoscope of aromas of great complexity. Great balance, fresh and savory, harmonious and with a moving persistence on a citrus note, of almonds, brioche and honey, nougat and hazelnut; aromas consistent with the sense of smell.
Food pairing: Perfect for dishes based on important fish and shellfish, sushi and tartare, oysters and caviar, carpaccio and risotto, dishes with spicy tones, dishes based on truffles.

The Cuvée: Krug Grande Cuvée was born from the dream of a man, Joseph Krug, to offer the best Champagne every year, announced by the annual climatic variations.
Since 1843, the Krug House has been honored with every new edition of Krug Grande Cuvée: the most complete expression of champagne.
La Grande Cuvée 168éme The edition is selected from a blend of 198 wines of 11 different thousandths: the youngest dates back to 2012, while the oldest dates back to 1996.

168ème Edition: Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Edition was composed around the 2012 harvest, a beautiful year with a lower yield than a succession of meteorological events.
Frost, rain, storms and hail hit all the Champagne vineyards in winter and spring 2012, followed by the driest ripening season since 1974, with 20% less grapes.
The final creation is the result of the fusion of the wines of the year starting from selected selected parks with reserve wines from specific parks for 10 other years.
Necessary 2012 wines reminded pastry notes with great roundness, reserve wines have been added to give liveliness to the blend. The reserve Chardonnays have been chosen by some plots of Avize and Marmery for their freshness, while the reserve wines of Pinot Noir from plots in the Montagne de Reims Nord have given tension.
Overall, the reserve wines from the wide range of the house represent 42% of the fusion finish, thus offering breadth and roundness to each edition of Krug Grande Cuvée.

Krug

When Joseph Krug founded the Maison de Champagne which bears his name in 1843, driven by his intuition that the true essence of Champagne is pleasure itself, he had the dream of offering the best Champagne every year, regardless of the annual climatic variations. He went beyond all known boundaries of the creation of Champagne, founding a Maison where all Champagnes would have been of the same level of distinction. In 1848, he dedicated the pages of his personal dark cherry color notebook to his vision. More than the historical five-generation residence of the Krug family and the first in Reims to have a private Music Room, 5, Rue Coquebert is today a place where guests and friends of the Maison can make an immersive sensory journey around the Champagne Krug. Attention to the character of the vineyard, respect for the individuality of each plot and its wine and the construction of a vast library of reserve wines from different vintages have enabled Joseph Krug to realize his dream. For Krug, time is not a constraint, but a strength. It is essential, because it is present at every stage of the creation of Krug Champagne: from winemaking to the extraordinary aging of Krug cuvées. Time is one of Krug's fundamental driving forces. The notion of time is different at Maison Krug: let's take oak barrels for example. In addition to the 200 years necessary to obtain a high quality fine-grained oak, due to the slow growth of tall trees, Krug requires that his coopers mature the wood for a minimum of three years, in the open air, without the use of artificial acceleration techniques and without compromising. The final contribution of time gives the Champagne Krug their exclusive fullness and elegance, the result of a stay in the cellars that far exceeds the official requirements: Krug Grande Cuvée, a blend of wines from over ten different vintages, some of which have aged 15 years , matures in cellars for at least seven years and Krug Rosé for at least five. Krug Vintage and the exclusive cru of Krug Clos du Mesnil and Krug Clos d’Ambonnay spend at least ten years in the cellars. In this circumstance, patience, the most inexorable of tests, is invaluable. Time reveals the refined bubbles, sculpts the volume of Champagne, unfolds its length, affirms its longevity and demonstrates its incomparable quality. Without this radical and uncompromising attitude, it would be impossible to obtain the excellence of Krug Champagnes. With a very original approach to the production of Champagne, he decided to go beyond the notion of vintage to create the fullest expression of Champagne every year. Thus, he founded a Maison in which all Champagnes are of the same level of distinction, each of which illustrates a particular expression of nature. Every year, Krug's Chef de Caves makes a real "audition" of the 250 wines of the year and 150 reserve wines to create a new edition of Krug Grande Cuvée. While the wall of this tasting room visually represents these 400 wines, each of which embodies the essence of a single plot of vineyard, audio speakers positioned around the space reproduce the acoustic representations of 10 different regions of Champagne, to demonstrate the unique contribution of each to the final assembly of Krug Grande Cuvée, the most complete expression of Champagne.

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