Krug: Grande Cuvée (2005)

Made of 134 wines from 12 different years with youngest wine 2005 and oldest 1990. Light golden color with a little reflection of green and a very refined effervescence. The nose is very complex and luxurious with typical incense-like Krug smoke, bees wax, candied figs, goose fat, white summer truffle, butter  baked mushrooms, orange blossom, French pastry,  gingerbread, toasted almonds, butterscotch, toffee, freshly mowed grains, rice biscuits, coconut, cornflower and a hint of staranise. Very fresh overtones of kumquats, Sicilian lemon and young plums and a walk into the garden with mimosa, apple blossom and even sweet jasmine. After a long time in the glass you get crême brulée with cognac and wonderful mineral notes of sea shells, crushed rocks and an overtone of silex and Margaux-ish pencil lead. This wine is elegant, dynamic and expands in your mouth with a lovely creamy mousse. On the palate you get candied lemon, apricot, mirabelle plum, sappy Reine Claude, foie gras with Sauternes, redcurrant and quince jelly with cardamom,  figs and mild yeasts. Lovely smoky. On the mid palate you get candied ginger and a touch of fleur de sel. The finish is multi staged with Reine Claude (greengage) plum. Just fabulous with youthful acidity with lemon, apple and mangosteen, a long reverb of Mesnil walnut oil and refreshing minerality. This is what champagne is all about.   Drink now to 2045.

Rating: 94 points with 97 potential