"Krug Grande Cuvée 162ème Édition was composed around the harvest of 2006. The year's summer was defined by sharp contrasts with a heatwave punctuated by storms and even hail. But the end of the season was fine and bright and when the harvest began, the grapes expressed a good level of maturity.
Among the wines of the year, the Meuniers particularly stood out, while the Chardonnays did not show their usual level of expression. But as with every Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée, the House was able to draw on its extensive library of reserve wines to complement the wines of the year and give the Champagne its distinctive fullness of flavours and aromas.
A carefully chosen selection of these reserve wines, including a generous 1990 Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, as well as many others predominantly from the first five years of the millennium made up 40% of the blend. This palette of wines from previous years brought the freshness and vivacity so essential to every Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée."
"Once again, I revisited Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 162ème Édition in the company of the 2006 Brut—supplemented this year by the 2006 Clos du Mesnil. Based on the 2006 vintage, complemented by some 40% reserve wines dating back to 1990, the Krug tasting committee sought out racier, fresher reserve wines as a counterpoint to the gourmand, generous character of the base year, and that has worked very well. Mingling aromas of dried fruits, pear and toasted brioche with nuances of iodine, candied peel and smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, with fine depth at the core and beautiful balance, marrying beautifully vibrant fruit with the complex patina that is the house's signature."
95 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate