Krug Grande Cuvée 165ème Édition was composed around the harvest of 2009. After a frosty start of the year, the wonderfully mild spring offered an auspicious beginning to the growing season. From late summer onwards, the vines basked in warm and dry conditions and the grapes ripened beautifully. When the harvest began, they were in excellent health and showed a perfect level of maturity.
From the first tastings, the wines of the year showed remarkable balance. Vibrant Chardonnays from plots in Avize, Oger, Villers Marmery, Trépail, elegant Pinot Noirs from plots in Verzy, Ambonnay and Ay as well as radiant Meuniers from plots in Sainte-Gemme and Bassuet all brought their unique character to the blend.
To complement the wines of the year and imbue this Édition with Krug Grande Cuvée's distinctive fullness of flavours and aromas, the House drew on its extensive library of reserve wines, of which a careful selection made up 31% of the final blend. Predominant among them are Pinot Noir wines from plots on the southern side of the Montagne de Reims. These bring the expression and structure so essential to every Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée.