One of the most notable releases of the 2006 vintage to date, this is a superstar bottle of Champagne. Stylistically the '06 vintage and Krug meshes very well together with their ability to harness a vintage's power while still keeping it in line and refined. After more than ten years in their cellars, this showing incredibly well for a new release as Galloni notes below, but don't mistake that for a bottle that won't age, because after all, this is Krug. So complex and nuanced, this is in perfect balance with excellent attack and fruit expression. I've been lucky enough to try a few bottles, and it blows me away every time like its the first time. The 2006 Krug is a masterpiece and a Champagne that will be remembered years down the line.
Antonio Galloni 97 points! Krug 2006 Vintage is bright, tense and full of energy. Lemon confit, pastry, chamomile, dried flowers and tangerine oil all race out of the glass. The breadth of the Pinot comes through on the mid-palate and finish, as the 2006 gains power and resonance with a bit of aeration. Light tropical inflections, along with hints of almond and spice, open up later, adding further shades of nuance. Although it has just been released, the 2006 is unusually open and a real pleasure to taste today. In most vintages, Krug demands cellaring, but in the 2006 readers will find a Krug Vintage that is superb, even in the early going. (Drink between 2020-2036)
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 97 points! "Krug's superb 2006 Brut, which will be released this year, numbers among the vintage's high points, unfurling in the glass with a complex and expressive bouquet of tarte tatin, warm biscuits, ginger, honeycomb, dried white flowers, smoke and toasted nuts. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a fleshy attack that reflects the warm vintage but segues into a beautifully vibrant palate that's deep and surprisingly reserved, displaying superb definition, delicately chalky structure and a long, lively finish. While this is a powerful vintage Krug, it's also beautifully balanced and will give immense pleasure for decades."
Decanter 97 points! "Krug 2006 is composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier and shows an impressive aromatic richness of white flowers, smoke and toasted hazelnuts. There’s both density and crystalline texture here, with a vinous palate that's deep and complex too. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it's a superb Champagne."