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Krug's 2002 Brut (ID 415064 – disgorged IV/2015) has an intense citrus color and opens with a generous, intense yet fine and precise bouquet that indicates great depth and elegance. Red fruit flavors on the nose lead to a generously rich yet pure, highly refined and elegant palate, with lots of ripe cherry fruits and delicious yeasty flavors. This is a highly complex and tensioned but beautifully balanced 2002 with a charming dosage that gives perfect roundness. The finish, however, is clear, fresh and well-structured, if not taut, and very mineral. Tasted in Reims in April 2018. - Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate #237, June 2018
Structure – intensity – finess! Vintage Krug competes with today’s Clos du Mesnil, but if we go backward in time, it is without doubt the best Champagne. Extraordinary balance of fruitiness – the tropical & the wild! Notes of cocoa, honey & smokiness. 2002 is pure magic! If the opportunity arises, never miss the chance to drink a Krug! A truely intellectual champagne!
–champagneclub.com, Richard Juhlin
The much-anticipated 2002 has impeccable detail and depth with a lot of chalky, stony and flinty elements on the nose as well as a very fresh edge. The nose is very complex and wound up tight but presents itself as very integrated and compressed. There are aromas of lemon rind, lime juice and lime custard all at once, complemented in turn by a super-restrained hazelnut-like edge. Undertones of brown mushrooms, chalky minerals and lemon leaf. The palate has a core of sizzlingly intense, concentrated chardonnay framed within a powerful phenolic structure that will underpin the future of this Champagne. There's also plenty of acidity for the future and this will no doubt continue to evolve and blossom; it will be merely an act of refining its already impressive focus, linearity and magical finish. This is really a great, great vintage for Krug. Flawlessly fresh and as perfect as it gets. Give this time as it needs to settle: best from 2020 and then for another decade beyond.
– jamessuckling.com, October 2016
I have tasted Krug’s 2002 Vintage on multiple occasions but have yet to encounter a bottle that is fully expressive or that lives up to the level of the year. The 2002 needs several hours of air and even so, it remains incredibly reticent, both by Krug standards and relative to the other Champagnes of the vintage, nearly all of which have been released by now. My best advice to Vinous readers is to taste the 2002 before making a decision on whether to buy it or not. ID 414071. Disgorged Fall 2014.
– vinous.com, August 2016
Quality 993 | Brand 993 | Economics 992 |
Quality: Predicted life of 24 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2002 vintage, which averages 8 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 47 of the world's top wine lists, including Le Calandre Economics: The 2002 vintage has exceptional long term price performance, with 3 year CAGR of 41% Production:
- www.wine-lister.com, June 2017
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