Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne

SKU #1409727 96 points John Gilman

 The new release of Krug Grande Cuvée '167eme Édition' is stellar. The wine is from the base year of 2011 and utterly transcends that vintage, but, of course, it includes nearly two hundred different wines in the blend, with the oldest reserves dating all the way back to the 1995 vintage. Fully forty-two percent of the cuvée this year is made up of reserve wines. The cépages for the 167eme Édition is forty-seven percent pinot noir, thirty-six percent chardonnay and seventeen percent pinot meunier. The wine shows its lovely preponderance of pinot noir on the nose, wafting from the glass in a beautifully complex blend of apple, white peach, a touch of patissière, very complex soil tones, caraway seed and a gently floral contribution in the upper register from the pinot meunier in the blend. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and nicely broad-shouldered, with great depth at the core, refined mousse, bright, seamless acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is simply outstanding and should age effortlessly for fifty to seventy-five years! 2019-2090.  (7/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Making its debut this year is Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition, a beautiful wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, peach and waxy citrus rind, complemented by complex notes of freshly baked bread, walnuts and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and muscular but incisive, with a deep and concentrated core, a pinpoint mousse and a long, complex finish. Built around the 2011 vintage, the wine includes reserve wines dating back to 1995 and was disgorged in the winter of 2017-2018. Readers are advised to give it at least a couple years of bottle age before popping corks. (WK) 95+  (4/2019)

94 points Vinous

 Krug’s NV Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition is positively brilliant. Chef de Caves Eric Lebel and his team have always put tremendous emphasis on the craft of blending. Never has that discipline been more critical than here, with the 167, which is based on 2011, one of the most challenging harvests in Champagne in many years. Brisk and racy in the glass, the 167 is laced with a range of lemon peel, baked apple, brioche and floral notes. Readers should plan on giving the 167 at least a few years in bottle, as it is presently tightly wound and not at all expressive. The flavors are beautifully articulated. In many releases, the Grande Cuvée is richer and more overt. The 167, on the other hand, is airy, weightless and sublime. Most importantly, it is an unqualified success. This release is based on 2011, with reserve wines back to 1995. (AG) 94+  (7/2019)

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
With their Grand Cuvee series, Krug tries to make the fullest and most quintessential expression of Champagne, and part of their philosophy embraces that cuvees can evolve and change with the additions of new vintages to the blends. The 167 Eme Edition lives up to the Krug ideals with complex mixtures of bready and fruity notes that span the range of what Champagne is capable of becoming. Freshly baked apple tart jumps out of the gate before the wine heads in an even more bready direction of brioche, lightly buttered toast, nuttiness, and baking spices. The palate is a little yeasty which transitions into chalky minerality. Then more fruit notes emerge like bright lime and lemon zest with a touch of something more tropical plus savory spices. Exquisite.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of tasting a number of Krug champagnes, a most memorable way to begin the day, and this latest version of Krug Grand Cuvee is a stunner. As with the 166, and other previous offerings, this bottling has the Krug almond cookie and mid-palate (in this case light) toastiness. Flavors and texture that set Krug apart from the competition. The 167, however, has greater acidity, more minerality, and a hint of chalk. The finish is very, very, clean and refreshing. It lingers on and on. This is THE perfect wine for shellfish cooked in pretty much any manner. This should also prove to be one of the longer lived Grand Cuvee's. It will cellar magnificently.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2019 | Send Email
Krug has the reserve blending down and the 167th cuvee edition is no exception of their exemplary craftsmanship. The 167 edition is based on the 2011 vintage with blended reserves spanning through 1995. While the 2011 may not be known as an ideal champagne vintage, the folks at Krug created their magic once again with this edition. In my experience, Krug requires some time to sit and open in your glass or be laid down for some aging, but the 167 is ready to drink as soon as you pop the cork. Toasty, rich with tropical fruit, minerality, and a long finish that keeps on going. This champagne is so balanced and elegant, it's undeniably a Krug creation and one you should get your hands on before we sell out!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
Though 2011 (the base wines for this edition) may not have been the ideal year, that means no other high-end Krug bottlings, such as the Grand Cuvee, were made that year. Instead, all that gorgeous fruit went into this bottle. Krug enthusiasts may seek out the great vintages, but they may be missing out on something as spectacular as this. I expected the Krug 167 to be much tighter out of the gate as its latest release, but it was in fact the opposite. It was open and toasty with the perfect integration of fruit to richness. Krug is without a doubt on top of the list for almost every staff member at K&L for high-end Champagne. They have never missed the mark on quality and the 167 Edition is no exception.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
Krug's 167 edition is an absolute knock out of the park. It is blended with wine over 20 years old, aged 7 years on the lees and truly demonstrates great winemaking. This is a full bodied Champagne beautifully balanced with minerality, stone fruits, citrus and baked bread flavors with a long finish. This wine is 100% worth the splurge and has an abundant life ahead of it. Don't miss it!

By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
Once again Krug does not disappoint - showing poise, elegance and exuberance all at the same time. This champagne was the perfect match on Easter Sunday with our foie gras terrine and toast points - served with a trio of crushed peppercorns - a tribute to Krug's "ingredient of the year": Pepper!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
The Krug team dug deep into their reserves for the 167th edition, using 42% reserve wines in the final blend, leaning on not only older Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but also some of their prized old vine Meunier. The final composition is 47% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 17% Meunier from vintages spanning 1995-2011. This 167th edition of Krug is my favorite out of the gate since the 163rd, and I think might end up being a legend like the 157th, known internally at Krug as the savoir-faire, based on another difficult vintage, the 2001. The use of a lot of reserve wines really shined through in this bottle, with hazelnut complexity, brioche like depth and beguiling savory fruit. The texture, as usual for Krug, is perfect after 7 years of ageing on the lees, and the bead is tight and precise. The best feature is how all of these elements are brought into focus by the incredible minerality of the wine… This is not heavy, vinous stuff, but rather elegant, nuanced Champagne.
Drink from 2019 to 2039

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2019 | Send Email
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I believe Krug is the King of champagne! The Maison is meticulous and patient in making each bottling. The cuvée or blend is based on 2011, which may not have been the best vintage in champagne but they add enough reserve wines, going back to 1995 to make it superb. It's like adding spices or herbs to enhance a dish. Our staff tastings can get pretty loud, but as we tasted this 167 Édition, we were so focused and concentrated that no one spoke. I thought I saw a few twinkles in some eyes and we all had smiles on our faces. This is a complex champagne, one to savor and contemplate. If you're a Krug fan you cannot miss out!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2019 | Send Email
It only takes one small whiff to realize that this is a special wine, but it begs for countless more to uncover all the layers that this blend of over 120 different wines from over 10 vintages provides. The older vintages provide aromas of honey and marzipan and dried apricots, the younger base wine provides fresh citrus and nectarine notes. The texture is perfect after a minimum of 7 years of lees aging and the finish lasts for well over a minute. This isn't the least expensive Champagne on our shelves, but it is by far the best value available for the price.

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