Krug Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1996
A year like no other, 1996 in Champagne married the highest levels of sugar and<br/>acidity in living memory; the resulting wines are extraordinary in their<br/>concentration, yet perfectly poised in terms of structural definition. A<br/>seductive golden colour then a surprisingly forward nose which marries honey,<br/>acacia, brioche and truffle; it is on the palate that the identity of the year<br/>really starts to sing, with minerality providing a taut and still precocious<br/>texture. Beneath this the ripe fruit is slumbering; its ultimate manifestation<br/>will herald unparalled complexity and profundity. Similar to the 88 but I<br/>suspect it will, over time, be even better. <br/>(Simon Field MW)
This vintage apparently had a slightly different ratio of Chardonnay to PN/PM than what you'd expect. What always fascinates me with vintage Krug is the difference between the palate and nose. They can almost seem completely different. The nose has these savory spice notes as well as the standard nuttiness. On the palate, the nuttiness seems to be gone and replaced with a slight baked apple-ness. The finish ends well with a bit of an unexpected crispness.
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
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Six generations of the Krug family have produced Champagne at this prestigious house since 1843, with president Remi Krugrsquo;s nephew, Oliver, directing the business today. Despite a very warm summer during 1995 in the Champagne area, this bubbly displays elegance and refinement. After the first fermentation in small oak barrels, the blending of various lots and almost 10 years in bottle (during which the second fermentation occurred), the wine was disgorged early in 2005 before being released this year.
Delicate rise throughout the glass, making the appearance of this wine as sexy as its aromas and flavors. And if you donrsquo;t believe a wine can be sexy, take one sip of this, then try not to take another. Itrsquo;s potent as a raging bull, then gentle, cradling the palate with essences of fruit and the long, airy spirit of chalk. The maturity brings an aroma as dense as marzipan, as delicate as the flesh of a freshly caught brook trout. Is it the amazing grace of the texture that takes my breath away, or the grip of the finish that bends my mind? The flavors last for minutes, and there are still new flavors to be found hiding in the mouth under the tongue. Just about as sexy as wine gets.
Full copper-gold color. Initially restrained, brooding nose exploded with aeration, showing apple, orange, apricot, honey, iodine, smoke, hazelnut, macadamia and a suggestion of dry oloroso sherry. Dense, full, chewy and rich; an extraordinarily solid Champagne with an intriguing suggestion of Calvados. Broadens toward the back and goes on and on on the echoing aftertaste, with rich, mellow notes of toffee, brown butter and marrow. Like the rsquo;92 Clos du Mesnil, this displays its powerful underlying acidity with aeration (Krugrsquo;s wines never go through malolactic fermentation) and should be long-lived.
A very youthful rsquo;95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. Itrsquo;s all underscored by a precise structure and creamy texture. Its structure keeps it persistent through the long finish. A picture of precision and intensity. Drink now through 2025.
Bright true gold with a brisk bead. Deeply concentrated honey, pear skin, orange peel, peach pit, botanical herb and floral aromas are brightened by smoky minerals. Chewy citrus and pit fruit flavors stain the palate and are given a youthfully tangy edge by nervy acidity, gaining strength with air. Finishes with powerful grip and resounding echoes of honey and citrus pith. A serious, painfully young wine that needs patience; I wouldnandrsquo;t go near it for at least another six or seven years.
An ornate and powerful vintage for the cellars of krugistes, this is breathtaking Champagne. It is as layered and complex as a grand cru Burgundy, though more searing in its adolescent acidity, leaving a tooth buzz in its wake. With air, the layers of the wine begin to show in flavors of marzipan, fresh cream and an underlying essence of limestone. It’s severe on the surface, kinder underneath. Although complete and needing five to ten years of bottle age to build into its full grandeur.
Displays precision focus and detail, framed by well-honed acidity and offering fine, pointillist-like texture. Rich, with layer upon layer of flavor, showing fruit and floral notes of dried apricot and pineapple, chamomile and crystallized honey and savory notes of ground coffee, roast almond, dried herbs and oyster shell. Ends with a long, long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028.
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