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November 10, 2009

Krug Champagne dinner

Krug dinner at Grand Hyatt's Plateau. Margareth Henriquez, Président Directeur Général of the House of Krug, was in attendance.

Krug Grande Cuvée - this has always been one of my favorites. The nose was beautiful and open, full of toasty oak - a little heavy at first - along with limestone, minerals, and whole grain bread... The wine was ripe on the palate at first, and the finish was very long and slightly acidic.

1998 Krug - as I expected this was just way too young to drink. It was a year where there was more Chardonnay than Pinot in the blend, and it definitely showed. The nose was lighter than the Grande Cuvée - not as toasty. It was more round, ripe with a bit of oxidation and Anjou pears. The wine was pretty sharp on the palate with a yeasty attack.

1998 Clos du Mesnil - the clos was created in 1698 so this would be the 300th anniversary of the wall going up. Surprisingly sweet on the nose, which was ripe but a little more closed compared to the 1998 Vintage. Nose showed a bit more subtlety, again slightly oxidized with pear notes. The wine was ripe and full on the palate, but turned acidic fairly quickly on the finish - showing its characteristic as a blanc de blancs.

Krug Collection 1982 - this is Krug's version of late disgorgement, so naturally I would expect it to taste younger and fresher than an '82 released some years ago. Very nice and elegant - softer on the nose. Nicely oxidized as I would expect in an older vintage, with notes of straw dominating. Very sweet on the palate, well-rounded and not too sharp on the finish.

Krug Rosé - this was actually served alongside the Collection. The nose was very metallic and a little sharp. Pretty rich and full-bodied on the palate. I did not find it as appealing as I did at the Krug dinner two years ago.

Full post on dinner is here.

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