Krug Grande Cuvée 170ème Édition, a testament to the art of champagne blending, unveils itself with a light golden hue, accompanied by a lively dance of fine bubbles, setting the stage for a truly exceptional tasting experience. The nose invites with a symphony of aromas, an orchestra of floral blooms, ripe fruits, dried fruits, and a tantalizing blend of marzipan and gingerbread. Delicate grilled notes and nuances of almond paste, quince, lemon, and limoncello intermingle, enhanced by whispers of dried fruits. This extraordinary champagne is a harmonious blend of 195 wines spanning 12 different years, ranging from 2014 to 1998. A patient aging of approximately seven years in Krug's cellars imparts upon it a distinct expression and elegance that defines its character. The artistry of blending wines from such diverse vintages is the hallmark of Krug Grande Cuvée, endowing it with a unique tapestry of flavors and aromas that transcends the limitations of a single vintage. The Édition number, in this case, the 170ème Édition, signifies the number of years since the House of Krug's founding dream was realized. Each Édition represents a particular creative expression of Krug Grande Cuvée and continues to evolve and gain complexity with the passage of time, a testament to the enduring legacy of Krug's commitment to excellence.
Robert Parker - 95 Points
"Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 170ème Édition is based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by some 45% reserve wines dating back to 1998, with the house drawing on, among many others, 2013 for structure and 2012 and 2003 for generosity. Opening in the glass with aromas of pastry cream, dried fruits, pear, warm spices, freshly baked bread and vanilla pod, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and fine-boned, with excellent concentration, racy acids and a precise, chiseled profile. But if the latter adjective could be applied to the 2013-base 169ème édition equally felicitously, the 2014-base 170ème is more giving and less tightly wound out of the gates and will offer more demonstrative drinking young."
Antonio Galloni - 94 Points
"Light gold. Nectarine, poached pear, toasted nuts, anise and buttered toast on the complex, mineral-tinged nose. Deeply concentrated but energetic and precise as well, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with notes of brioche and marzipan. A bitter citrus pith note adds definition to the impressively long, smoky finish. Shows more power and heft than I've experienced from this bottling in recent years."