Krug Grand Cuveé 166th NV 1.5L
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The bottle of the '166ème Edition' Krug Grand Cuvée that I reported on in the last issue of the newsletter had been delivered to my office on one of the hottest days of the summer. Consequently, though the wine showed very well indeed, I had a gnawing feeling that perhaps the scorching weather might have affected that bottle just a touch and I reached out to the folks at Krug to see if I could get another sample to report on for this article. I was glad that I did, for though the last bottle showed very well, there was more cut, grip and backend energy in this most recent bottle, which arrived on a far more temperate day. As I noted in the last article. The 166ème Edition is composed of a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier. The wine is from the base year of 2010, but fully 42% of the cuvée is composed of reserve wines, with disgorgement done in the winter of 2017. The bouquet is superb, offering up notes of pear, apple, fresh-baked bread, a lovely base of soil elements, orange peel, gentle smokiness and a topnote of caraway seed. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and properly zesty, with an outstanding core of fruit, laser-like focus, refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the complex and impeccably balanced finish. My previous bottle was just a touch more forward in personality, which I now attribute to the heat of its delivery day. Great juice