Ottawa, ON

January 2017

Le Bar à Ciel Ouvert by Krug on the Shangri-La terrace with an Eiffel Tower view                  Image: Roméo Balancourt

Matt’s review:  Krug is world renowned for their ultra premium Champagnes, and the 2004 Vintage, the last vintage of this Champagne House’s second triology ever, is remarkable in every imaginable way! The House named the vintage “Luminous Freshness” which once you taste it you totally understand as it’s a perfect descriptive label for the bright acidity and refreshing characteristics displayed in this wine. Just as a memorable song reminds you of what was happening in your life when that song topped the charts, premium vintage Champagne, like Krug 2004, tells a multidimensional story of what the grapes’ growing season was like, with the added benefit, in this wine’s case, of 12 years of cellar aging which adds additional chapters to this bottle of Krug’s story.

Krug 2004 is a blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, and 24% Pinot Meunier. The nose shows buttered croissant, white cherry, fresh cut hay and hazelnut.  Fresh beyond words, the crispness in this lively wine persists for minutes on the palate leaving the taster with the sensation of perpetual palate refreshment.  With each sip every taste bud jumps when the fine mouse carries in the bright fruit acidity and layers of flavours.  The flavour enhancing salinity of Krug 2004 makes this an exceptional wine to pair with any dish from seafood to the richest casseroles.  Showing beautifully now with only subtle indications of its 13 years of aging, I’d recommend medium to long term cellaring and enjoying it between 2020 and 2034.  For life’s most special moments this Krug would be a perfect choice! Tasted December 2017. 97-99 points.  Matt Steeves –

Available at LCBO and specialty wine shops across Canada and Internationally

Checkout when we tasted Krug 2004 on CTV Morning Live for New Year’s Eve Celebrations