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2002 Krug Brut

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ITEM 8307802 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
donle 3 $495 $1,485
6 $495
Item Sold Amount Date
I8346871 6 $495 Jul 24, 2022
I8331320 1 $515 Jul 17, 2022
I8331320 2 $495 Jul 17, 2022
I8307802 3 $495 Jul 3, 2022
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RATINGS

100James Suckling

...has impeccable detail and depth with a lot of chalky, stony and flinty elements on the nose as well as a very fresh edge... ...aromas of lemon rind, lime juice and a lime custard all at once... ...sizzlingly intense, concentrated chardonnay framed within a powerful phenolic structure that will underpin the future of this Champagne. Flawlessly fresh and as perfect as it gets. (October 2016)

97The Wine Advocate

Red fruit flavors on the nose lead to a generously rich yet pure, highly refined and elegant palate, with lots of ripe cherry fruits and delicious yeasty flavors.

96Wine Spectator

Beautifully aromatic, this leads with aromas of ground clove, coffee liqueur and mandarin orange peel, adding crystallized honey, dried cherry, acacia blossom and toasted brioche notes on the expansive palate.

94Vinous / IWC

Expansive and creamy on the palate, with lovely finesse and brightness...

18Jancis Robinson

Fresh and ferny initially. Zesty and medium intensity. Dry and chalky finish. Super neat but not showy at all.

PRODUCER

Krug

Located in Reims, the heart of France’s Champagne region, Krug was founded in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, a German immigrant. Still operated by the Krug family, the house specializes in prestige cuvees in what is generally considered to be a traditional, elegant style. Krug Grand Cuvee, which accounts for about 75% of the house’s production, is generally made up of at least eight vintages and it is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Krug Vintage Champagnes are admired for their ability to age and become more complex, and they are generally at least 10 years old before they are released. A Krug Vintage is typically 30-50% Pinot Noir, 18-28% Pinot Meunier and 30-40% Chardonnay. The house also makes a widely-admired Rose and Clos du Mesnil, which is 100% Chardonnay. The estate includes 49.4 acres of vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vines on average are 15 years old. A total of about 100,000 bottles are produced each year.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.

VINTAGE