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Krug 1996 Vintage Champagne 75cl Gift Box

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Krug 1996 is undeniably extraordinary, a Champagne that first caresses the senses with its rich aromas and its firm texture before exploding in a bouquet of freshness. The story of 1996 captured by Krug is the result of a blend of Chardonnay (31%), Pinot Noir (48%) and Meunier (21%) coming from 17 different growths. Contrary to what people can believe, 1996 was not an easy vintage, to deal with this extreme freshness is always a challenge. Today, Krug 1996 is a very charismatic Champagne, still very young.  It is like a ‘wild horse’, galloping between extreme maturity and extreme freshness and I am sure it will probably experience different stages and facets through its ageing.

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Pairs well with…

  • Fish
  • Parmesan
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Summer Fruits
  • White Meat
1996 has registered extremely wide temperature variations during the cycle, rainy winter, massive frosts in February, sunny and dry spring ending in a very dry month of September with warm, sunny days and very cold nights, the perfect conditions for a great harvest (between the 20th and the 30th of September). The result was ripened grapes with an extremely high freshness. The year 1996 is to become a year that will go down in Champagne’s history books.
Krug 1996, with radiant, rich gold colour and resplendent bubbles, first caresses the sense with its rich mature aromas before exploding in a bouquet of freshness; it elevates contrast and character to unprecedented extremes. With firm texture, its full, ripe flavours are followed by fresh pear, candied lemon, ripe summer fruit, honey, gingerbread and hints of delicate mocha.
Pairs perfectly with Mascarpone as fusilli with white sauce or “gratin” of potato or Salmon tart with zucchini as well as goat cheese or vegetable tiramisu can pair very nicely. Sea scallops or shrimps with rich basil and mustard sauce or baked respelle (crepes) with spinach, prosciutto and parmesan filling with béchamel sauce can be also delicious. As a dessert an orange tiramisu or a pecan pie.

Krug 1996 is also the last Vintage blended by three generations of the Krug family working together; Paul II, Henry and Remi, and Olivier. 1996 is often compared to the legendary 1928. At the House of Krug, even Paul Krug II, known for his strictly objective observations, also noted it may well have been “the next 1928”. In other ways, it was strange and eccentric, it is also known as something of a ‘wild horse’, galloping between extreme maturity and freshness.

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Brand Krug
Country France
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 12
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Style Brut
Champagne Expression Complex, Toasty
Champagne Producer Type Grand Marque
Closure Cork and Cage
Champagne Grape Champagne Blend
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