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Krug ’Cremant’? 16 september 2015

Very rare vintage sparkling champagne Krug. Anecdotally, there is not a single bottle at the property. This is a non-vintage champagne which was developed ephemeral and limited before and after the war and then only for a few years between 1974 and 1978 before banning the use of words in Champagne sparkling wine.

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house champagnes @ jaan – singapore 20 juli 2014

In the last guide ’The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014’ at place 100 we find Restaurant Jaan in Singapore. Appointed as Krug’s first restaurant Ambassade in Singapore, JAAN’s Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer presents an exclusive menu which complements the fine craftsmanship of Krug’s champagnes. JAAN will also offer the full range of Krug, including some vintage bottles that were previously unavailable in Singapore. See the menu here.

They serve two of our favorite Champagnes by the glass:

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée (03 base) │REIMS │KRUG 50PN 15PM 35PM │ RJ 92(94)  

TASTING NOTE Krug’s nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a ‘multi-vintage’. Almost every time one I drink Krug Grande Cuvée, some new element is revealed. Because it’s been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here.’  

Ruinart ’Brut Rosé’ │REIMS │RUINART 55PN 5PM 40PM │ RJ 74(79)  

TASTING NOTE ’Previously a sorry case, but now in the new, round bottle even this wine has received a proper facelift. Truly fine house style with biscuits and toast along with opulent, compact fruitiness.’

 

a gentlemens lunch @ terroir Gröndal 9 juli 2014

Björnstierne was invited with dear friend Dr Hank Linden to the house of ’le Phantome’ for a gentlemens lunch @ terroir Gröndal. ’In all simplicity’ as he said over the phone. ’Apéro at 12:30’ he said. We started in grand style:

Krug Grande Cuvée

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée I.D. 211021′ (03 base) 50PN 15PM 35PM │ RJ 92(94) │ TASTING NOTE Krug’s nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a ’multi-vintage’. Almost every time one I drink Krug Grande Cuvée, some new element is revealed. Because it’s been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here.’  PIper-Heidsieck Rare02

2002 PIPER-HEIDSIECK ‘CUVÉE RARE’  | 60PN 40CH | RJ points 94(96) │ TASTING NOTE ‘A masterpiece of elegance in this powerful year. Early to be the rock-solid, but this can not be anything but a legendary Champagne. Dense and concentrated fruit, biting acids that scares off many but the notes of butterscotch and coffee aromas lurking beneath the surface. A fantastic wine in the Thibault spirit! His very last vintage also …. Very reminiscent of Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires with its fat buttery, and at the same time roasted hazelnut grilling and sun-matured sweet citrus costume.’

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2004 LOUIS ROEDERER ‘CRISTAL’ │55PN 45CH │ RJ 96(97) │ TASTING NOTE ‘An unusually unpredictable vintage. Very shy in the current state, despite that the faint tones are of the more open kind. Evolves more and more and already feels classic. Shang-ri-La!’ 

FINE Champagne’s ’Best Champagnes for 2014’ 28 juni 2014

The yearly result of FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s annual classification of ’100 Best Champagnes’ has been published. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000.

In 2014, for the first time in this classification’s history FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002. This year FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996, Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995. Why don’t You compare the results with Champagne Clubs list from The Juhlin tasting 2014. The major difference is that our tasting is based upon the 100 best cuvée préstige from the top 50 growers and the top 50 houses. And only champagne that are available on the market at the moment. Read about our top-ranking here.  In our tasting there were no rosés or single vineyard champagnes. Only Cuvée préstige …

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TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014

1                Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002

2                Dom Pérignon 2004

3                Louis Roederer Cristal 2002

4                Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV

5                Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

6                Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005

7                Krug Grande Cuvée NV

8                Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000

9                Krug Vintage Brut 2000

10             Pol Roger Vintage 2002

Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014

1                Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996

2                Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV

3                Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995

 

Krug celebration – Krug Grande Cuvée Recreation 19 mars 2014

The House of Krug is celebrating the annual recreation of Krug Grande Cuvée by highlighting the parallels between conducting a symphony orchestra and composing Krug Grande Cuvée, the signature Champagne of the House, with a pop-up immersive exhibition, in the heart of London from the 7th to 11th of April. Tickets.

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Eric Lebel, winemaker & Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor