ID 407001. 42% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier. Deep golden straw. Less intense nose than the Grande Cuvée ID 313054. Edge of bread dough. Firm with masses of acidity. Quite demanding. The acidity of the year dominates this wine for the moment. Very dry impression. Almost austere. I would age this wine longer to allow it to soften a bit. Very much less flattering than the Grande Cuvée based on 2006 tasted alongside.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Sadly, the same can’t be said for the 1996 Krug, which is a bit more forward and oxidative than it usually is.
Robert Parker 97
It has been a while since we met, but the Krug 1996 is unequivocally a brilliant slice of champagne ” the nose cut from some slab of limestone that must of plummeted into the Champagne countryside from outer space. The palate is rapier like acidity, life-affirming mineralite and a focus and freshness that is nothing less than thrilling. Krug is one of life’s great pleasures and this is one of their finest vintages. Tasted November 2012.