Krug Grande Cuvée Brut Vintage 2003 Champagne
A champagne gift like no other. Bettane & Desseauve sum it up nicely, ‘Absolute perfection: Impressive finesse of texture associated with a richness and a complexity of dazzling fruits, an endless persistence. Within Krug legend!’ Krug named this one ‘Vivacious Radiance’, now that’s name full of promise and we have to say, it delivers. 2003 was a hot year and the challenging conditions produced a small vintage but a spectrum of attributes to the champagne, namely fruit, freshness, balance, expressiveness, vivacity and finesse - it was this wealth of attributes which led to the esteemed title of Vivacious Radiance.
Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne is the definition of a labour of love. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne and a blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages and three grape varieties. This is very special Champagne, taking the art of gift giving to another level, and as with all Krug Champagnes, Krug 2003 will age beautifully.
A delight to toast a very special occasion or to match with a meal, Krug recommend dishes with quince and citrus fruits, such as veal or lamb, or fish and shellfish with citrus based sauces. Or save it for dessert, it is sublime with bread pudding - try with redcurrant coulis.
Each bottle of Krug has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App, or on the Krug website.
About the Brand
Over 170 years ago Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision to create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability. Joseph’s bold experiment proved a triumph and he succeeded in creating Champagne like never before. To this day, the House of Krug lives and breathes his enduring philosophy, creating only prestige Champagnes since 1843.
‘Our philosophy is to select grapes from individual plots which will each express their characteristics , nuance and individuality. There is no hierarchy in our selection, no plot is considered better than another - some are no bigger than a garden. Each decision during blending of our wines takes into account the unique essence and character of each plot.’ Eric Lebel, Krug’s Chef de Caves
‘Whoever drinks Krug, at whatever moment, makes a small contribution to improving understanding between men, as it is impossible to feel bitter or jealous after tasting such nectar.’ Serena Sutcliffe, Head of Wine, Sotheby’s
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Notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise. Hints of apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, almonds, marzipan, gingerbread, sweet spices and even brioche and honey. Krug Grande Cuvée Brut NV has an exceptional freshness in the mouth, with rich and tangy flavours of lemon and grapefruit enhanced by the subtlety of its fine and elegant bubbles. Krug Grande Cuvée can age beautifully.