2004 Krug Brut Champagne

$289.00
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Vintage Krug is such a remarkable investment in pleasure, year in and year out. Is there a more elegant way to greet your guests or grace a shellfish course than with a glass of vintage Krug?The Wine Advocate “From a fresh vintage and internally nicknamed “Luminous Freshness,” Krug's light golden colored 2004 Brut is brighter on the nose than the 2002 that I tasted next to it. There are fresh, candied citrus as well as ripe yellow-fleshed fruit aromas along with floral and lots of chalky notes on the well-concentrated bouquet. The palate is incredibly fruity, vibrantly fresh yet delicate and very well balanced and is provided with great elegance, texture, finesse and remarkable mineral tension.” Galloni called it “absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle.” LIMITED.

“For me, Krug is more than a Champagne. It is a word that stands for artistry, tradition, craftsmanship, and moments of pure pleasure. All Krug’s wines are small masterworks.” – Richard Juhlin These guys understand the weight of expectation. That's why they only produce top-drawer offerings. The house style is decadent, heady and well structured. No wonder they've been a benchmark in Champagne for such a long time, as in dating back to 1843. Krug Champagne was started by Joseph Krug and crafts its classic bubbly from mostly Reims - one of the region's most renowned cities and most famous wine growing areas. Joseph's vision was to offer the experience of exceptional pleasure and good living. Sip after sip, bottle after bottle and decade after decade, the sparklers of the Krug name have wowed tasters. Today his successors carry on with the utmost respect for quality and tradition with an array of wines, all of which celebrate their difference of terroir and expression, each united by their superb quality. You've tasted the rest, how about one of the best?

Varietal:
Sparkling
Winemaker:
Eric Lobel
Vintage:
2004
Appellation:
Champagne
SKU #:
1WKRU04SP3
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Wine Advocate

From a fresh vintage and internally nicknamed "Luminous Freshness," Krug's light golden colored 2004 Brut is brighter on the nose than the 2002 that I tasted next to it. There are fresh, candied citrus as well as ripe yellow-fleshed fruit aromas along with floral and lots of chalky notes on the well-concentrated bouquet. The palate is incredibly fruity, vibrantly fresh yet delicate and very well balanced and is provided with great elegance, texture, finesse and remarkable mineral tension. The 2004—a blend of Chardonnay (39%), Pinot Noir (37%) and Pinot Meunier (24%)—is completely built on freshness and taut yet balanced vitality. It is the last of the second trilogy in the history of the House, the first being 1988, 1989 and 1990 and the second 2002, 2003 and 2004.

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Vinous

Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle.

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James Suckling

This is an extremely fresh edition and remains in a restrained mode with an intense serve of chardonnay's lemon citrus dominating the nose alongside lime zest, bright florals, grassy elements, fresh dough, white stones and very subtle background spice. The palate has a svelte and elegant shape. Smoother than the 2002, it shares the same quality of precision but not the raging power of that vintage. The poise is unquestionable, the wine very reserved, with plenty of lemon-infused citrus flavors, hints of fresh cashew and a lot of potential. Acidity holds superbly, the dosage is exactly where it should be. This is a classic release. It's all about chardonnay. Best from 2022 and will mature gracefully in linear style in bottle for several decades.