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95 Krug MAGS: Razor-Sharp Champagne Steal

Posted by Bob Schagrin on December 28, 2010

Razor-Sharp, Outright Hedonistic Krug Steal
1995 Krug MAGNUMS
The Last Great Champagne Deal of 2010

"The vibrant, refreshing finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Among recent vintages, the 1996 has rightly received a ton of attention here, while the 1995 is likely to remain an insider's wine that is available at more favorable pricing." - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

This is it: The last great Champagne deal of 2010.

We saved this monster Champagne for this final week of the decade, just before the big countdown. And perfect timing, too, as Galloni JUST re-tasted the 95 and posted those notes this month.

Today we offer a small parcel of magnums at a huge value: 1995 Krug 1.5Ls at $449.95 a piece - the best pricing of big bottles in all of "Krugdom." We just got this small tranche of late-released beauties and are thrilled today to be able to offer them at among the lowest pricing in the nation.

Whether you plan to pop this on Friday night (the magnums are in stock!) or you want to stash this away for New Year's Eve 2020, the value today is incredible. So perhaps both plans are in order....

Let's cut to the calculations, just to set the scene:

1) Magnums of 95 Krug elsewhere in New York City are going for as high as $800.

2) Bottles (750ml) of the 95 are up to as much as $360 - today's 1.5Ls are nowhere near twice that, meaning there's actually a "downcharge" for the especially ageworthy format, as opposed to the usual "upcharge."

3) And if you compare today's 95s to the house's 1996 mags, well... those start at $800 and go on up to $1500. And while the 96s are undoubtedly exemplary, the 95s are also among the three greatest vintages of that decade, certainly with the potential to compete with the 96s in terms of structure, purity and pure deliciousness right now.

Furthermore, Krug never did a wholehearted general release of 1995 magnums, so these are rare bottles - in fact, if you call around, you'll quickly see that no one else in the country currently has any sizeable quantity of 95 mags in stock. 

The 95 is a monster out of magnum, an outright hedonistic bottle just beginning to enter its prime drinking zone, all the cut, precision and generosity the vintage has been known for now beginning to soften into a delicious, engaging Krug with the house hallmarks of rich brioche, smoke and powerful minerals... yet at the same time, there's certainly enough acid, structure, density and purity of fruit in these mags to power through the next 15-20 years - at least - knowing how Krug ages.

I can't overemphasize what a silly value this is for benchmark vintage Champagne from one of the most prestigious houses in the sparkling region and one of the best recent vintages. I highly urge those who can to crack one or two of these this year and stash more for years to come.

To place your order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits

1995 Krug 1.5L

Special Email Magnum Price: $449.95
Compare at up to $800

Antonio Galloni for the Wine Advocate: **News flash! Just re-tasted by Galloni this month: "I have a preference for the 1995 Brut Vintage, as it shows quite a bit more freshness and verve than the 1998. Mint, dried flowers, truffles and bright fruit are some of the nuances that flow from this precise, focused Champagne. The vibrant, refreshing finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Among recent vintages, the 1996 has rightly received a ton of attention here, while the 1995 is likely to remain an insider’s wine that is available at more favorable pricing."

Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Rich and powerful, with leesy pear and white truffle aromas accented by gentle notes of white pepper and cinnamon. Extremely powerful Krug, with rich orchard fruit flavors, a velvety texture and warm, rich, inviting notes of brioche and creme brulee. Finishes with intense pear and peach flavors and lingering notes of smoke, iodine and toffee. One of the most concentrated Champagnes I tried this year."

Richard Juhlin's Champagne Club: "The most striking thing about it is the razorsharp acid that guarantees an extremely long life. Probably the most long-lived of all the 95's in Champagne. At present the acid has the same efficacy as a fantastic breeze of bracing alpine air. The complexity and elegance are unmistakeable. Most strongly reminiscent of Bollinger's fabulous 95, but somewhat harder at the present stage."

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