1996 Krug Brut Vintage
Champagne Blend - 750ML

  • W&S 100
  • WS 99
  • IWC 99
  • WA 98
  • NM 97

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W&S 100
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2008
It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this last year, as if the wine had no time... It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this last year, as if the wine had no time for mere humans with their limited sense receptors. If you stop to taste ripe pear, ginger spice, apple blossom and butterscotch the wine leaves you lost in random flavor descriptors as it soars off into a vinous glow that lasts for minutes. This may well be the greatest vintage wine of Henri Krug's career (unless it is challenged by the 2002). It is impossible to predict how long this wine will thrive in bottle, though considering the current fine condition of the 1959 Krug, the first 50 years are a given.
WS 99
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2007
A powerful majestic Champagne. Deep and compelling with aromas of whole-grain toast coconut and dried citrus that draw you in. Lean and racy on the palate with a creaminess that's yet to be integrated. A classic '96 with... A powerful majestic Champagne. Deep and compelling with aromas of whole-grain toast coconut and dried citrus that draw you in. Lean and racy on the palate with a creaminess that's yet to be integrated. A classic '96 with ripe exotic aromas and a steely structure. Still a baby with the long resonant finish confirming its potential. Best from 2009 through 2040. 10000 cases made. -BS
IWC 99
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2007
Light gold. Remarkably perfumed nose projects an exotic bouquet of deep, leesy yellow fruit, minerals, honeycomb, smoked meat and flowers, with Asian spices building expanding in the glass. Almost painfully concentrated... Light gold. Remarkably perfumed nose projects an exotic bouquet of deep, leesy yellow fruit, minerals, honeycomb, smoked meat and flowers, with Asian spices building expanding in the glass. Almost painfully concentrated, offering a surreal parade of orchard and pit fruits, smoked meat, toasted brioche and marrow braced by intensely salty, stunningly incisive minerality. Imagine a Frankenstein's monster of Chablis Le Clos and Clos Ste. Hune-but one with perfect balance, of course-and you get an idea of what I found in my bottle. The energetic, stony character builds exponentially on the finish, which didn't seem to, well, finish. The best analogy I can come up with for the intensity, focus and clarity of this Champagne is liquefied barbed wire. Utterly hallucinatory and one of the most amazing wines I've ever been fortunate enough to drink. At the risk of sounding completely out of touch with reality, this is a value. - Josh Raynolds
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2011
The 1996 Krug Vintage remains one of the greatest Champagnes ever made. It is also far less expensive than either the Clos du Mesnil or Clos d’Ambonnay but equally as delicious. This bottle is stratospheric, with layers... The 1996 Krug Vintage remains one of the greatest Champagnes ever made. It is also far less expensive than either the Clos du Mesnil or Clos d’Ambonnay but equally as delicious. This bottle is stratospheric, with layers of explosive fruit that flow effortlessly to the multi-dimensional, captivating finish. It is another eternal Champagne from Krug. - AG
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
It has been a while since we met, but the Krug 1996 is unequivocally a brilliant slice of champagne – the nose cut from some slab of limestone that must of plummeted into the Champagne countryside from outer space. The... It has been a while since we met, but the Krug 1996 is unequivocally a brilliant slice of champagne – the nose cut from some slab of limestone that must of plummeted into the Champagne countryside from outer space. The palate is rapier like acidity, life-affirming mineralite and a focus and freshness that is nothing less than thrilling. Krug is one of life’s great pleasures and this is one of their finest vintages.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1996