A Grand Krug Collection
Quality is something that Krug know a fair bit about, having have made nothing but Prestige Cuvees every single year since 1843. At the helm of this great house is one of the Krug family, Olivier, who today is driving quality to ever greater heights. Precision and hard work in both the vines and the cellar, together with some enviable vineyard holdings, make their Champagnes some of the most sought after in the world.
Their flagship wine is the Grand Cuvee, a blend of 10 vintages and over 120 different wines from numerous parcels and villages. The fermentation in used oak barrels allows a plot by plot vinification and does not exist to impart any oak flavour. Each parcel is kept in steel tank after fermentation until it is called upon for the Grande Cuvée blend. The oldest single wine currently is a 16 year old parcel of Grand Cru Bouzy. Extended ageing sur lie is another hallmark of Krug, the Grand Cuvee is never kept for less than 6 years before degorgement, the vintage 10 years, and even more extreme is the Krug collection – vintage Krug that is kept at least 20 years before degorgement. The current release is 1989, a sophisticated mix of exotic, silken fruit and mature savoury characteristics.
Rarist of all in the Krug portfolio are the single vineyard Cuvees, Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay. The former is a Blanc de Blancs from a 1.84 ha vineyard in Mesnil, where the high chalk and stone content produces intensely mineral and precise wines. The latter is a Blanc de Noirs from the 0.68ha Clos in Ambonnay, one of the top sites for Pinot Noir in Champagne, which makes for heady opulent and richly fruited wines.