NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée- France, Champagne (7/26/2015)
This bottle is in a really fine spot for my palate. Perfect balance between the lemon/grapefruit acidic elements and the apple/caramel/bread non-acidic elements. Wonderful texture and flavor. A beautiful realization of Krug’s MV after about 8 years in my cellar. After aging a few of these myself over the years, I’m finding it hard to believe you can get a better champagne than bottle aged Krug MV.
Cork code was V651, meaning it was disgorged in late 2006 (it’s been in my off-site storage since purchase in 11/2007).
Those red label bottles can be awesome. Also, a friend once bought some white label MV on auction and popped one at a party – very very very fantastic. Another data point that has convinced me to buy more Krug MV to age rather than more of the vintage Krug (which I still have a soft spot for).
Accordingly, assuming this code applies to the “red label” bottles as well, your bottle was disgorged sometime between April and July of 2002.
Also, if memory serves, Krug’s MV starts with each vintage as the base wine, and then blends other reserve wines into it to achieve the Krug style. As I remember, Krug then ages the wine for 6 years prior to release. Assuming I remember that correctly, and that your bottle was disgorged in 2002, that would mean that the base wine for that bottle was 1996. No wonder it was terrific!