2004 Krug Vintage Champagne
Pours with a lacy white mousse that overlays a pale straw coloured and pale gold edged base wine finely threaded by a very persistent bead. Finessed and complex, intense aromatics of citrus, toast, yeast lees and bready characters flow out of the glass with subtle elements of lightly honeyed roasted cashews following on. Remarkably fresh the rich yet stimulating, the palate is an essay in sophistication and class. Citrus, toast, oily bread and yeast lees characters intermesh over a backdrop of roasted almonds and delicately honeyed cashew. Dry finish with a light airy structure and mouth watering acidity giving it plenty of tension to counterpoint the subtlety creamed texture. Very long and refined aftertaste of yeast lees, oily toast like characters, baked bread, infusions of citrus, roasted almonds and lightly honeyed cashews. Will only get better with further bottle age.
Cellar 8-10 years.
Krug is the greatest Champagne. It is, as others (including myself) have said many times, Champagne’s answer to Burgundy’s Romanee-Conti. It is superbly poised, the flavour and texture as complex as a Beethoven symphony played in a great concert hall under the baton of a great conductor.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. Drink 2017-2044.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous