Krug Edition 168 NV
We are delighted to offer you the latest release from Krug Champagne, the 168ème Edition Grande Cuvée Brut, without question the very best non-vintage champagne money can buy.
Jancis Robinson awards it an almost perfect 19/20 points, an accolade reserved for the very best wines she has tasted, and says ‘this is going to be a really great, glamorous Grand Cuvée’ adding that whilst lovely now it ‘will continue to develop in bottle for many years to come’.
An iconic release, as it marks the transition from long-time cellar master Eric Lebdel to his protegée Julie Cavil, Edition 168 is ‘a great tribute to the work of the old cellar master… and a wonderful welcome to his successor’ says Jancis.
Incredibly complex and ‘magnificently precise’, with great ageing potential, Grande Cuvée is created with the aim of being the absolute best non-vintage champagne on the market. Though based on the excellent 2012 vintage, this release is in fact a remarkable blend of 198 wines spread across 11 vintages, each component contributing to the aroma, flavour and structural complexity of this outstanding champagne.
At a best in market price of £690 per 6 in bond, this extremely limited release is surely not to be missed!
Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Edition NV
£690 per 6 bottle case in bond with extremely limited availability.
‘Krug’s NV Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition is a classic in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of dried fruits, pear, toasted nuts, orange zest, honeycomb and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, generous but incisive, it’s deep and elegantly fleshy, with a beautifully refined mousse and an enveloping core of fruit that’s complemented by the characteristic Krug patina of nutty complexity imparted by barrel fermentation. Even if this is more open out of the gates than the 2011-based 167ème edition, the 168ème edition is also the more concentrated and intense of the two. It’s based on the 2012 harvest, complemented by fully 42% reserve wines—a blend of 198 wines from 11 different vintages dating back to 1996 – Drink 2020-2040’ 96 points, William Kelley
‘This is the latest cuvée launched in the UK in May 2020 but has already been available in the US and Japan. A blend of 198 wines from 11 different years, with the youngest the acclaimed 2012, back to a precious, powerfully aromatic lot of Verzenay Pinot Noir 1996. The final blend – 52% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 13% Meunier – was bottled in 2013 and aged for seven years in Krug’s cellars in Reims. Yields in 2012 were 20% lower than usual because of a succession of meteorological events including frost, rain, storms and hail in winter and spring 2012, followed by the driest ripening season since 1974. Notably intense aroma with crème pâtissière dominant. Masses of extract and remarkable acidity underpinned by great depth of flavour and beautiful balance on the finish. I think this is going to be a really great, glamorous Grande Cuvée that will continue to develop in bottle for many years to come. I suspect it will be even more enjoyable from the end of 2020. The length on the palate is remarkable. This is magnificently precise, a great tribute to the work of the old cellarmaster Eric Lebel, who is still in the background, and a wonderful welcome to his successor Julie Cavil, who has been learning from him since 2006 – Drinking 2020 – 2035’ 19 points, Jancis Robinson MW