To the eye, a lovely bright golden colour.
On the nose, a very charismatic fresh nose, promise of natural intensity and elegance with strong presence of fruits, fruits of all types. A diverse bouquet of orange aromas with some notes of liquorice and light chocolate biscuit can be enjoyed.
In the mouth, astonishing, balanced and delicate with significant fresh, tropical, wild and crystalised fruits. It is a hymn to fruit: red, white and citrus fruit with notes of cassis, chocolate, candied-orange peel, cocoa beans, honey with hints of smoke and toast enhanced by a vibrant, persistent long finish.
Krug 2002 is a blend of selected wines of the year from many different plots, marked by its undeniably profound fruity character. It is a balanced dialogue between Pinot Noir (40%) and Chardonnays (39%) with Meunier (21%).
The elegance of Krug 2002 comes after 13 years in the cellars gaining in harmony and finesse.
Recipes like duck breast with its juice in reduction, roasted butternut squash and kumquat chutney or a lentil curry stew marked with orange zest can pair deliciously with Krug 2002. As a dessert, an orange tiramisu or a cinammon brioche with a carrot, ginger and lemon mousse would also combine beautifully.
The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F – 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
” It is chock-full of acidity and life, is really muscular and (…) intellectual. (…) There is nothing in excess; a great example of the Krug art of assemblage. Very solid and concentrated but not heavy at all.”
— Jancis Robinson
When I tasted the 2002 Vintage earlier this year I was spelled bound as having tasted so many fine Champagnes and back Vintages I did not expect such a perfect 2002 that had just been released.
Enjoyed several bottles at my favorite seafood Restaurant in the area Los Marinos Jose, served perfectly at 10 degrees this beautiful Champagne was everything I wanted and then some. Beautiful fine bubbles, perfectly balanced, smooth, fresh, critrus, orange, blackberries, and honey. On the nose a beautiful flower rose scent together with hints of jam, biscuit, dried nuts, and clementine.
While extremely enjoyable now I can only imagine how wonderful it will be over the next 20/30 years plus. I would suggest enjoying the 2000 and 2003 right now while this one ages.
Exquisite and easy to drink on its own but on this special occasion it was enjoyed with a lovely trio of Rio Frio Traditional Caviar, French Oysters, and Prawns from Garrucha. For dessert wild Strawberries.
100/100 (August 2016)