I had a pretty busy evening as I ran around town trying to meet a couple of friends who are in town for business. My first stop of the evening, though, was at a tasting of Krug Champagne hosted by a friend in her wine shop. I had tasted all the wines at a dinner last year, but how could I turn down free bubbly, especially Krug?!
Krug Grande Cuvée - always my favorite wine at these tastings, since it is often the most mature of all the wines as it can contain 15-year-old reserve wines. Beautifully fragrant, with plenty of toasted corn, a hint of caramel, lemon, yeast, and almost a little pipi de chat... We would have this again as our fourth glass in the tasting. What a wonderful wine.
1998 Krug Clos de Mesnil - once again I was blown away by how sweet the nose was... almost bubblegum-like, with sugarcane, dates, fairy strong caramel and toast. Initially kinda weak on the palate. With the second pour from a bottle on ice (and therefore colder) the acidity was sharper, and the wine was also much more powerful on the palate with a long finish.
1998 Krug - again I was surprised by the sweetness on the nose, which was also a little yeasty... almost like ma lai gou (馬拉糕)... a little bit of lemon and sharp acidity in the nose. As was noted at last year's tasting, this was only the second ever vintage (since 1981) where Chardonnay was the dominant varietal in the blend. This was clear from the sharper acidity on the palate compared to the Grande Cuvée.
Krug Rosé - the wine with the most limited production in the stable. Again the nose was rather sweet, with floral and mineral notes. More "fruity" with berry notes.
I left the tasting early as I was already a little buzzed, and headed across the harbor to meet a friend for dinner at Nobu. I was never really a big fan, and once again there was no "wow factor". I asked the waiter to check the items which we would have as part of the omakase, but the dishes didn't seem very exciting so we ordered à la carte.
I left my friend at Nobu and headed off for a late drink with another friend at a nearby hotel, and decided to remain sober. The drinking bit will come later this weekend...