The Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée
The 170ième Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée is composed of 195 wines from 12 different vintages: the youngest, which is also the dominating vintage, from the year 2014, the oldest from 1998. All base wines are separated according to vineyard plot, tasted individually and carefully selected by Chef de Caves Julie Cavil for a unique multi-vintage blend each year. Every Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée is made from all three primary Champagne varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the 170ième Édition, reserve wines from the house’s extensive collection make up 45% of the final blend. The result is a complex, vibrant champagne with a crisp, clean finish.
For those who are curious about their bottle’s origin: a six-digit code on the back label of every Krug Grande Cuvée bottle will reveal, when entered on Krug’s website or app, which vintages, grapes and cru sites were included in that specific blend. Krug also offers suggestions not only for food but even music pairings.
- In the glass, a light golden yellow with fine, vibrant bubbles.
- On the nose, floral notes of white blossoms, dried citrus fruits, as well as warmer aromas of marzipan and pastry.
- The palate is bright and creamy, presenting hints of nuts and citrus fruits, brioche and honey.
- the Krug Grande Cuvée is versatile – pair it with aged parmesan or grilled turbot and shrimp or with spicier dishes. Can also be enjoyed as an aperitif alongside strong cheeses and desserts such as carrot cake and cheesecake.
The Krug Champagne House
The prestigious Krug Champagne House was founded in 1843 by Joseph Krug with a bold vision: creating a prestige cuvée every single year, regardless of the weather. To bring his dream to life, Joseph Krug dared to renounce the trend of vintage champagne and began to build a collection of reserve wines. To this day, each year’s Édition of Grande Cuvée is crafted from as many as 250 different cru plots and up to 150 reserve wines from over 10 different vintages. It is little wonder that Krug has been dubbed the master of blended Champagne.
Fun fact: Krug would not exist today had it not been for the wife of Joseph Krug II, who took over the management of the estate while her husband was in imprisoned during World War I.
Since its founding, six generations of the Krug family have managed the Krug estate: Olivier Krug still serves as the house’s director