Sometimes we forget about the classics. We get caught up in the buzz about the new or the different and forget about the things that established our interest in a category in the first place. It is at that point that Dr. Samuel Johnson’s idea that people don’t need to be educated nearly so much as they need to be reminded best serves us. In the category of Champagne, please allow me to be your Dr. Johnson for the day. Here is one of those classic, defining, doing everything right sort of wines: Krug Grand Cuvee.
KRUG Grande Cuvee Brut, Champagne, NV ($146.89)
A 12.5% alcohol blend of 37% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir, and 19% Meunier with some barrel aging and lots of reserve wines. Oldest wines in the blend are from the 1990 vintage and the youngest from 2005. The cuvee spent over 7 years en tirage (on the yeasts). Every bottle has a blend, disgorgement, and bottling information code on the back that can be scanned or entered into the App or Web Site. This sample was disgorged in the winter of 2012/2013. Sensory: medium golden straw in color, fully sparkling; dry, medium-full-bodied with fresh acidity and scant phenolics. Citrus and peel and red fruit with toast and lots of mineral. Real depth and richneess while still fresh and ALIVE. Yum. Great Champagne and great food Champagne. BearScore: 96.
“I’ll drink your champagne. I’ll drink every drop of it, I don’t care if it kills me.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald from Gatsby Girls