96 points Wine Spectator: "A vivid Champagne, with a chiseled frame of acidity and a chalky underpinning cloaked in a fine mousse that caresses the palate with its gossamer-like texture. Lovely aromas of coffee liqueur, anise and verbena accent the layered flavors of tangerine, Macadamia nut, brioche and ripe plum, a profile that expands on the long, mouthwatering finish. There's power and expressive character to this, with a delicacy to its fine integration and length. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged winter 2020. Drink now through 2030. (8/11/21)"
95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The new release of Krug Grande Cuvée, the 169ème Édition, is from the base year of 2013, but includes fully forty percent of reserve wines all the way back to the harvest of 2000. The cépages for this new iteration of Grande Cuvée is forty-three percent pinot noir, thirty-five percent chardonnay and twenty-two percent pinot meunier. The wine is beautifully expressive on the nose, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of pear, apple, a touch of passion fruit, chalky soil tones, brioche, incipient notes of caraway seed, just a whisper of buttery oak and lovely floral tones in the upper register from the pinot meunier component in the cépages. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and racy, with a great core, zesty acids, elegant mousse and a very long, very pure and perfectly balanced finish. This is really a stunning new version of Grande Cuvée. It is approachable already, but I would be inclined to give it just a few more years in the cellar and let its girdle of acidity relax a bit more, so that the wine can deepen and broaden in its palate impression. Fine, fine juice. Drinking Window: 2024-2075. (Mar/Apr 2021)"
95 points Simon Field, MW (The World of Fine Wine): "(43% PN, 35% C, 22% PM). Soft burnished gold, with a fine and persistent bead. The nose is suitably encyclopedic, mirabelle plum, fig, and lemon pith, and then hints of almond and brioche, the older reserve wines keen to contribute, too. Beneath it all, steely foundations, an edifice for posterity, not immediately flamboyant but magisterial in its grip and liminal potential. Deft acidity over untroubled waters, with orange groves and a spice market espied from the prow. All is set fair for this voyage. Impressive length. (Issue 72; 2021)"
|SubRegion||Montagne de Reims|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|