2004 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #1321335 97 points John Gilman

 The 2004 Krug remains one of the most beautiful young vintages of this bottling to be released in quite some time. It does not have the power and sternness of structure of the titan that is the 2002, nor the shimmering generosity of the 2003, but it is a great, great classic in the making that already exudes the depth and refinement that is vintage Krug in the finest years. As I mentioned last year, the wine is composed of a blend of thirty-nine percent chardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-four percent pinot meunier, with this particular bottle having been disgorged three months later than the last one I tasted, in the summer of 2016. The nose offers up a stunning constellation of apple, pear, a very complex base of soil tones, lovey smokiness, caraway seed, spring flowers, incipient notes of orange zest and a lovely touch of almond in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, focused and full-bodied, with a rock solid core, superb complexity and grip and a very, very long, vibrant and seamless finish. This will be at its true apogee fifteen to twenty years from now, but I wonder how many bottles will survive to that point, as it is a breathtakingly beautiful glass of bubbly already! (Drink between 2018-2060)  (7/2018)

97 points James Suckling

 This is an extremely fresh edition and remains in a restrained mode with an intense serve of Chardonnay's lemon citrus dominating the nose alongside lime zest, bright florals, grassy elements, fresh dough, white stones and very subtle background spice. The palate has a svelte and elegant shape. Smoother than the 2002, it shares the same quality of precision but not the raging power of that vintage. The poise is unquestionable, the wine very reserved, with plenty of lemon-infused citrus flavors, hints of fresh cashew and a lot of potential. Acidity holds superbly, the dosage is exactly where it should be. This is a classic release. It's all about Chardonnay. Best from 2022 and will mature gracefully in linear style in bottle for several decades.  (1/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Combining subtleness with complexity, the coolish Krug 2004 Brut opens with a highly elegant, fascinatingly clear, bright and refreshing bouquet of ripe (apple) fruits. Dense and round, with a delicate mineral soul, the pure but perfectly balanced 2004 reveals great finesse and weightless elegance with a long and round finish. This is a gorgeous Krug vintage that is 14 years old but still on the rise. Tasted from ID 316034 in New York in November 2018. (SR)  (11/2018)

97 points Vinous

 Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. (AG) 97+  (12/2017)

96 points Decanter

 2004 was a late harvest year, and this vintage Krug, composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier, possesses an impressive aromatic richness of hazelnuts, white fruit and spring flowers. There's both density and freshness on the palate, and an engaging counterpoint between vinosity and tension achieves a compelling, harmonious balance. Worthy of an audacious match with sea urchins! (YC)  (11/2018)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 Precision sets this wine apart, as if the flavors had diamond-cut clarity. Whatever cool earthiness or spicy-lees broadness there may be is focused and lifted by the structure, so that the wine’s flavors feel restrained and elegant. Deliciously fresh, with an undercurrent of chalky tension and a citrus sting, this would be a great partner to Cantonese dim sum.  (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Very lively mousse. Pale straw. Even a slight green streak to the colour. Neat, dense and flirtatious on the nose. Very fresh and zesty on the nose. Hugely tight and green and tense on the palate. Very youthful. Marked acidity and very bracing indeed. As though based on a very youthful vintage. Bone-dry finish. The nose is much more developed than the palate. 18.5+/20 points. (JR)  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

The much-anticipated 2004 vintage release from Krug is composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, and 24% Meunier. It was first disgorged after 12 years of ageing on the lees, and held for another year in the cellar before release. As the maison describes, "The wines of the year [2004] were at once highly expressive, bright and undeniably elegant. The vivacity, tension, and citrus notes of the Meuniers and the shining Chardonnays combined with the backbone of the Pinot Noir gave rise to a very balanced year. Combining generosity and precision, elegance and character, Krug 2004 tells the vibrant story of a fresh year."


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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
According to the folks at Krug, the 2004 vintage is an underrated standout for Champagne because the weather made grapes that were quite fresh, with the Chardonnay yields becoming especially beautiful and elegant. The nose is wonderfully zippy with scents of fresh Meyer lemon, Bartlett pear, and yellow apples. The bright fruit finds balance with toasted brioche, light caramel richness, and shortbread cookies. The palate is vibrant with bright lemon acidity and tart Granny Smith apples. There’s a good helping of salinity as well, but the lively acid and fruit keeps this Champagne crisp and fresh tasting. This will definitely be a great contender for extensive aging, capable of cellaring for a couple decades.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
Next to the legendary 2002 vintage Krug, this 2004 is also a star. Very, very, bright with generous acidity that combines with white stone fruit and almond flavors. It still retains the elegant mousse and brioche of classic vintage Krug, but, the acidity is the star player here. Super fresh, and clean, and bracing. This bottling has the potential of being the star of your cellar and may even overshadow the 2002 eventually. If you prefer to drink it without cellar time, give it a few minutes to air in your glass so that the glorious texture has a chance to come out and say "hi". The 2004 is a classic and will be remembered as being one of Krug's best! Update: 15 August, 2019: Yikes! Almost two years since I have tasted this! I had that pleasure at 11:00 a.m. and my, my, how his bottling has fleshed out! It was very, very creamy with marzipan, lemon mousse and a hint of candied oranges. Light earthy notes on the nose, followed by clean citrus scents. More, please!

By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2017 | Send Email
I was lucky enough to taste the Krug 2004 Vintage right next to the Krug Grand Cuvee Edition 160 - which has 2004 as its foundation. It was a joy to contemplate the artistry of both approaches. The Grand Cuvee featuring the expert blending of reserve wines back to 1990 to create the top expression of this house. Contrasted with the purity of the 2004 Vintage. A glimpse into that particular growing season, like a portrait representing a moment in time that will be referred back-to again and again. The 2004 Vintage is exquisite, vibrant and fresh - a prime candidate for cellar ageing. And when compared to some of its peers from other regions like Burgundy or Bordeaux, a supreme value!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2017 | Send Email
The latest vintage release from Krug since the legendary 2002 release is a different animal altogether. It comes from a vintage that fully benefited from the poor crop output of 2003, using the unspent energy for amazing crop yields across Champagne in 2004. It offers fineness, intensity, complexity and real aging power. Upon its release, some 13 years after production, it is vibrantly youthful and fresh, with nuanced notes of citrus, yeasty toast, saffron and dried apricots. This will go for many more years.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2017 | Send Email
Tasting the new 2004 Krug next to the 2002 was a revelation for me. This has the power and mid-palate presence that we all love from this great house, but it is married to the extraordinary freshness, minerality and purity of the 2004 vintage. As soon as I touched my lips to the glass I was transported back to the moment over a decade ago when I tasted the 1988 on release. The 2004s and 1988s are like peas in a pod, and I think this will be a vintage that collectors will be kicking themselves for not paying enough attention to. The finish on this bright, lively Krug is still with me the morning after drinking it. It is a Champagne for the ages.
Drink from 2017 to 2074

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.