The NV Grand Cuvée 165ème Édition Brut (ID 416039 -- disgorged IV/2016) is a multi-vintage Champagne based on the 2009 vintage and includes a wide range of reserve wines from fine vintages going back to 2001. The 165th edition is comprised of 127 wines and opens with a beautiful, very clear and delicate bouquet that displays very fine toast, nougat, hazelnut, ripe and dried fruit (raisins), floral and concentrated (and refreshing) citrus fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a generously rich, mature yet fresh, highly finessed and elegant prestige cuvée with a long, complex, tensioned and beautifully mineral finish with tangy citrus flavors. Under perfect storing conditions, the 165ème Édition should gain even more depth and finesse during the next 10 to 15, maybe even 20 years. Tasted in Reims in April 2018. Krug's Grande Cuvée was released the first time in 1843, and starting with the 158th Edition, it displays the edition number on the front label, which helps to speak not just about a famous brand and great Champagne but also about a specific edition. That's why we have just started to give each edition its own entry in our database, because it previously was impossible to know which edition the reviewer was talking about. (ST)
Vivid acidity drives this richly expressive Champagne, while wild cherry, blood orange sorbet, lime blossom, spun honey and spice notes play on the fine, satinlike mousse. It’s tightly-knit and racy, with the lasting finish echoing the expansive flavor range. Disgorged fall 2016. (AN)
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