Compared to Krug's 160th edition, the bright golden-yellow colored NV Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition (ID117010) is still a baby that shows the chalky and fruity features of a young white Burgundy intermixed with notes of Schwarzwälder Kirsch (dark cherries with black chocolate) and floral (ammonia) flavors on the pure, fresh and elegant yet intense and still yeasty brioche nose with its ripe apple aromas and refreshingly bright (lemon juice) overtones. Round, wide and very elegant yet also straight and tense on the palate, this 2010-dominated cuvée is very delicate, fresh and chalky but also dense and lush in its vinous texture. The finish is well-structured, fresh and persistent, indicating great complexity and vibrancy. However, I would wait at least another three years, during which time the 166th edition will gain even more finesse and quiet. The 166ème Édition is composed of 140 wines from 13 different harvests between 1998 and 2010, and it's a blend of 45% Pinot Noir with 39% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, the latter of which provides the vivacity that the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs surprisingly didn't have in 2010, a vintage that was marked by its "tumultuous climate," as Eric Lebel writes. Tasted in New York in November 2018. (SR) 96+
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 forty-five percent pinot noir, thirty-nine percent chardonnay and sixteen percent pinot meunier. The wine is from the base year of 2010, but fully forty-two percent 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. 2018-2050.
This is the latest incarnation of Grande Cuvée, now in its 166th edition. Toasty aromas signal an enticingly mature wine, rich with intense secondary flavors. It preserves the wonderful richness and the style of this producer. The wine is ready to drink now, but it will be also enjoyable for many more years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
This mouthwatering Champagne feels like a swathe of raw silk on the palate, where flavors of sun-dried white cherry, toast and Meyer lemon peel are accented by expressive saffron, ground coffee and mandarin orange peel aromas. Long and racy on the honey-, spice- and smoke-laced finish. Disgorged winter 2017. (AN)
The 166th manifestation of Monsieur Krug’s inspiration has as its youngest year 2010 - a season described by Eric Lebel as ‘tumultuous’ - its fruits wonderfully complemented by 42% reserve wine going back to 1998. The final blend has only 16% Pinot Meunier, and unsurprisingly the 45% Pinot Noir is starting to assert itself with notes of nectarine and redcurrant garlanded by soft spices and honey, while Chardonnay’s citric grip remains discrete in the background. Despite its relative youth in terms of the Krug canon, this is already exceptionally complete and purer, maybe, than the Krugs of old. There's no compromise in terms of power and intellectual intrigue. (FS)
The MV Grande Cuvée 166ème, based on the 2010 vintage, offers good depth, but it also comes across as a bit angular and in need of time in bottle to soften. Certainly, next to the 2008 and 2009 editions, the 2010 is a touch rough around the edges. Even so, there is good freshness and verve to the bright citrus, mineral and floral flavors. (AG)
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