Krug is touting its latest vintage as the best since 1928. The newly released 1996 Champagne was also the last to be blended by three generations of the Krug family.

The weather through the 1996 growing season was changeable, with scorching sunshine, heavy rain and unusually cold nights. However, these conditions have produced an extraordinary wine, according to the family.

"The '96 has rich, ripe fruit aromas and a buttery, biscuit flavour," said Olivier Krug. "It shows promise of being a stunning Champagne and time will tell if it is a legend in the making."

Krug 1996 will sell for £145 a bottle.