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  • A charismatic champagne which beautifully combines natural intensity, delicacy and insolent elegance
  • The elegance of Krug comes after 13 years in the cellars gaining in harmony and finesse
  • Krug 2004 will continue to gain with the passage of time

Tasting Notes

Colour Golden-Yellow
Nose The nose begins with an expressive bouquet of ginger, candied citrus and quince, followed by richer notes evoking lemon meringue tart, plum and mirabelle.
Palate On the palate, a very balanced Champagne with light notes of brioche and honey giving way to an array of fresh citrus, including oranges, lemons and mandarins, enhanced by a very elegant finish.
Food Pairing Duck breast with its juice in reduction, Roasted butternut squash and kumquat chutney or a Lentil curry stew marked with orange zest can pair deliciously with krug 2002.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes 2004 was a generous, highly expressive year following the challenging extremes and limited yields of 2003. Nature gave a breadth of choice in 2004. However it is a vintage where Chardonnay dominated Pinot Noir. The blend itself, 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Meunier, has benefited from at least 13 years gentle ageing in the Krug cellars.
Variety Pinot/Chardonnay
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2004
Region Champagne
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 12.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Krug Champagne House, located in Reims, France is the only house whose range of five Champagnes is all considered 'Prestige'. Now owned by Moet Hennessey, Krug is still family run with Oliver Krug, 6th generation as House Director. Joseph Krug founded the house in 1843 after having previously spent eight years with the Jacquesson Champagne house. To Joseph, the 'essence of Champagne is pleasure itself', and he set out to craft a series of Champagnes where none was more prestigious than the other.

At Krug: 'Time does not constrain, it strengthens', with the cuvees ageing longer than any other house. The Grand Cuvee spends six years in the cellar while Vintage Champagnes are kept for over ten years before release. Some are more rare than others, including Clos du Mesnil, a single plot of Chardonnay (1.84 hectares) in Mesnil-sur-Oger and Clos d'Ambonnay, a tiny plot of Pinot Noir measuring just 0.68 hectares. Like Krug's Vintage Champagnes, these unique wines are produced only in exceptional years.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
Fresh, zesty spiced lemon and citrus notes of top Meunier and elegantly built Chardonnay, with a hint of honeysuckle and spice. Supremely subtle mouthfeel, showing textural quince and plum flavours.Optimally ripe, not heavy, with magical, very Krug-like acidity. It's so fresh. From a fine Chardonnay year, it has the ideal blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier. Great potential.
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