Top tier Krug steeply discounted, surprisingly not parallel imported

Following my recent articles on parallel importing of Champagne, I was fascinated to see Vintage Cellars doing an on-line offer on Krug Vintage Champagnes, 2000 and 1998 vintages, for a saving of at least $150. Both were $299 a bottle instead of $450-$499.

Assuming this was parallel imported stock, I called brand manager Bruce Nancarrow at the official importer, Moet Hennessy Australia. He revealed another surprise: this was not paralleled stock, but was supplied by Moet Hennessy. The price was a surprise to Nancarrow, too, but he didn’t seem unhappy.

It had to be one of the bargains of the year. Both are great wines, incidentally, scoring 97 and 98/100 from me respectively (my tasting notes). NB. The prices have gone back up. A couple of weeks back, both vintages were $439 in dozen buys, $494 in six-bottle buys and $549 singly!

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