KRUG

Just five years after Joseph Krug founded his eponymous Champagne House in 1843, he documented his great vision for Krug in a cherry-red leather notebook. In it, he revealed the principles of creating a champagne of incredible richness yet great elegance, of selecting only the finest elements from the greatest terroirs, rejecting mediocre fruit and making both a non-vintage and a vintage cuvée - revolutionary at the time. Discovered in 2010 by current House Director and sixth generation of the founding family Olivier Krug, the ideals in this notebook and Krug's resolute commitment to them have secured their position as the most luxurious and exclusive of all Champagne producers.

Unlike other Champagne Houses, Krug's range consists of prestige cuvées only. Their iconic non-vintage Grande Cuvée is a masterful blend of some 120 wines, vintage Krugs are renowned as true classics, majestically displaying the characteristics of each harvest and their unique and exclusive single-vineyard champagnes, Clos du Mesnil and Clos d'Ambonnay are the ultimate rarities. The recent introduction of ID codes displayed on the back of every bottle - revealing base year, disgorgement periods and product information - has helped revise the vision of Krug in line with the great founder's philosophy.

Cellar Master: Eric Lebel
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): Not communicated

Champagne Krug

Description

Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug's philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: a blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may have reached twenty years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance: something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle and its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars: the first prestige cuvée re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.

This is the 163rd creation of Krug Grande Cuvée and the first release to display the Edition on the label. Based on 2007, it is a blend of 183 wines from twelve vintages: the oldest being 1990 and the youngest 2007. In this early-harvest year aromas were considered more impressive than taste. Thus, the reserve wines lend the complexity, roundness, body and length which were less pronounced in the base vintage.

Krug ID: 315051 | Each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée NV has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.

Characteristics

TERROIRS

  • GRAPE VARIETIES : Pinot Noir (48%) Chardonnay (35%) Pinot Meunier (17%)
  • TERROIRS : Montagne de Reims Côte des blancs Vallée de la Marne

    WINEMAKING 

    • NON VINTAGE
    • OAK AGED : Oak aged
    • MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION : Undergone
    • DOSAGE : Brut (between 6 and 12 gr/l)

      TASTING

      • PAIRINGS : Can accompany a whole meal
      • SERVING TEMPÉRATURE : 11°C
        Ratings
        • Bettane & Desseauve 19/20
        • Gault & Millau 17.5 / 20 
        • Jancis Robinson 19 / 20
        • Parker 95 / 100
        • Revue du Vin de France 18 / 20
        • Wine Spectator 95 / 100
        Description

        Like Grande Cuvée, Krug Rosé is a multi-vinatge blend. A relative newcomer first released in the 1980s, Krug Rosé NV is a ground-breaking champagne: the only prestige cuvée rosé to be blended from all three different grape varieties and from such a wide range of vintages. Pinot Noirs from the best vines in Aÿ are treated to a short fermentation on their skins and then blended with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier fermented in small oak casks, before ageing for a minimum of six years on the lees. The proportion of Pinot Noir wine that goes into the blend is very expressive and provides unparalleled characteristic colour and spice.

        Krug ID: 313045 | Each bottle of Krug Rosé NV has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.

        Characteristics

        TERROIRS

        • GRAPE VARIETIES : Pinot Noir (48%) Chardonnay (35%) Pinot Meunier (17%)
        • TERROIRS : Montagne de Reims Côte des blancs Vallée de la Marne

          WINEMAKING 

          • NON VINTAGE
          • OAK AGED : Oak aged
          • MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION : Undergone
          • DOSAGE : Brut (between 6 and 12 gr/l)

            TASTING

            • PAIRINGS : Can accompany a whole meal
            • SERVING TEMPÉRATURE : 11°C
              Ratings
              • Bettane & Desseauve 19/20
              • Gault & Millau 18.5 / 20 
              • Jancis Robinson 17.5 / 20
              • Parker 92 / 100
              • Revue du Vin de France 18.5 / 20
              • Wine Spectator 95 / 100