[dropcap size=small]K[/dropcap]rug’s latest edition is the perfect springtime tipple.
When champagne houses set about making their prestige cuvee, the purpose is to create a consistent taste year after year, one that exemplifies the winemaker’s house style. Not Krug, though. While its famous Grande Cuvee is indeed a blend of different vintages, Olivier Krug prefers to celebrate the differences of each year’s release. This year, the Edition 166 celebrates its exceptional freshness.
The Edition 166 is a blend of 140 wines from 13 different years, with the youngest dating back to 2010 and the oldest to 1998. It was composed around the 2010 harvest which, ironically, supplied chardonnays that were significantly lacking in freshness. But the masterful blend and inclusion of 45 per cent pinot noir and 16 per cent meunier brought harmony to the vivacious, golden wine.
Its aromas of flowers, citrus fruit, marzipan and gingerbread pave the way to flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, brioche and honey, all of which make for a seamless pairing with aged parmesan or talbot with truffles. If you prefer to savour the wine on its own, enter your bottle’s numeric code into the Krug ID app and it will generate a dedicated playlist as part of the house’s “music pairing” concept.