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This is a charming, impressive 2006, dubbed ‘capricious indulgence’ by the house. The aromas are both generous and pure, with a lovely touch of struck match reduction alongside that stylish Krug richness of fruit. A delicate but defined acidity holds the palate together, which is impressively long, with just a hint of peach juice on the finish, and a lingering finish reminiscent of wild flowers.
As I reported when it was released, Krug's 2006 Brut is clearly one of the vintage's highlights. Offering up aromas of dried fruits, pear, freshly baked bread, caramelized apples, honeycomb and toasted sourdough, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with superb concentration, racy acids and an impressively tightly wound profile for this demonstrative vintage. I observed last year that this is surprisingly reserved for the vintage, and if anything, that quality is even more in evidence today. While many 2006 Champagnes are likely to be at their best in their demonstrative youth, this is one wine unquestionably built for the long haul.
The 2006 Krug Vintage is fabulous. Here the richness, breadth and texture of Pinot come through loud and clear in a Champagne that is classic Krug. Red plum, coffee, spice, baked apple tart and lemon confit all flesh out effortlessly in the glass. The ripeness of the year is evident, and yet the vibrancy of the Chardonnay lends so much energy. The 2006 can be enjoyed today, but also has the balance and stuffing to develop well for many years to come. This is a superb showing from the 2006. This is Krug ID: 118014.
Since the house was established by Joseph Krug in 1843, Krug has become synonymous with the very finest Champagne. Now headed by Olivier, the sixth generation of the family, the wines are known for their power, elegance and ageworthiness.
Their Grande Cuvée sets the standard for Non-vintage Champagnes and single vineyard offerings such as Clos de Mesnil are among the most sought-after wines in the world.
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