Make room in your wine cellar for the house of Krug's latest vintage bottled in 2004
This week, luxury champagne house Krug released Krug Vintage 2004 – 12 years after it entered the Krug cellars in Reims, France.
Each Krug vintage is crafted to express the unique character of its year. Looking back to 2004, it was a fresh and vibrant year, earning the 2004 vintage the nickname ‘Luminous Freshness’.
“With its delicacy, harmony and bountiful citrus of all types, Krug 2004 evokes the sensations of early summer mornings in Champagne.” says Eric Lebel, Cellar Master, House of Krug.
The year began with a crisp winter and brisk spring, keeping temperatures cool in Champagne until things started to warm up in May. By late summer, the grapes had ripened perfectly and the sunshine throughout harvest time (mid-September to early October) allowed the house a breadth of choice.
“The wines of the year held great promise, they were at once highly expressive, bright and undeniably elegant,” says Eric Lebel. “The vivacity, tension and citrus notes of the Meuniers and the shining Chardonnays combined with the backbone of Pinot Noir gave rise to a very balanced year.”
Lebel adds that Krug 2004 will pair "beautifully" with salmon tartar, sea urchin and caviar. “I can also imagine it perfectly well with delicate white fish in lemon sauce and olive oil or sole meunière as well as Thai cuisine with hints of ginger and lemongrass. —that sort of subtle accord would honour the Champagne’s vivacity,” he says.
In tandem with the launch of Krug 2004, the house has also released a limited number of bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée, also bottled in 2004. Krug Grande Cuvée is a blend from up to 30 different premier Cru plots, some no bigger than a back garden, and from as many as 10 different years.