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Krug Champagnes

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A cornerstone of Krug’s craftsmanship is the concept of individuality, the art of turning the harvest from every plot into a separate wine and then following its individual character before any blending decision is made.

Krug’s savoir faire combines individuality - represented by 250 plots’ wines from the year and 150 plots’ wines from 14 different years from the vast reserve wine library - with the art of blending taken to its peak every year, through the creation of Krug Grande Cuvée, and an essential respect of the time required to achieve the beauty, expression and elegance of all Krug Champagnes.

For Krug, time is a constant ally. It is not a constraint but a strength. It is within everything we do.

Time before and time after. All Krug Champagnes gain through the passage of time, the most important characteristic of a prestige Champagne.    

Krug Grande Cuvée
The Most Generous Expression of Champagne

Krug Grande Cuvée is the annual re-creation of the dream of Joseph Krug to craft the highest quality Champagne he could offer, every year, regardless of annual climate variations. Krug Grande Cuvée is always a blend of over 120 wines from at least 10 different years, which confer a fullness of flavours and aromas that would be impossible to express with the wines of a single year. Each year, a new Édition of the most generous expression of Champagne is created.

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Krug Rosé
The Rosé Champagne for Bold Gastronomic Experiences

A relatively recent addition to the House, Krug Rosé is inspired by the dream of the fifth generation of the Krug family to create a rosé Champagne that did not exist, one that could be re-created every year. It is an unexpected rosé Champagne combining elegance and boldness from a broad selection of plots’ wines with fruit characters of all types and spicy notes with astonishing breadth and depth. 

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Krug Vintage
The Story of a Year, Captured by Krug

A Krug Vintage is a “Champagne of circumstances”, as described by founder Joseph Krug in his personal notebook. These Champagnes are blends of the most expressive wines from a single year, enhanced by a stay of over ten years in the cellars. Every Krug Vintage celebrates the distinct character of a particular year: the music of the year, captured by Krug.

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Krug Clos du Mesnil
The Purity of a Single Plot of Chardonnay from a Single Year.

Krug Clos du Mesnil expresses the purity of a single plot of Chardonnay harvested in a single year. This 1.84-hectare vineyard, overlooked by the village church, has been protected by walls since 1698. It is located in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most iconic villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region.

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Krug Clos d’Ambonnay
The Intensity of a Single Plot of Pinot Noir from a Single Year

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay expresses the intensity of a single plot of Pinot Noir harvested in a single year. Clos d’Ambonnay is a tiny walled plot of 0.68 hectares, located in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for Pinot Noir in Champagne and the main source of grapes for the House since its very earliest years.

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Krug Collection
Time's second revelation of a Krug Vintage

Krug Collection is time’s second revelation of a Krug Vintage and the pinnacle of the art of time sublimation. A very limited number of bottles of each Krug Vintage are kept under ideal conditions in the Krug cellars as they wait to blossom into a second life, revealing a totally unprecedented personality. Krug Vintage thus receives its cork as Krug Collection, the breathtaking second movement of an already admired opus.

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A traditional Champagne bottle is 75cl, while a Magnum is twice that volume, or 1.5L. Magnums represent only a small fraction of all Krug Champagnes. Due to their size, they spend at least one year longer on the lees than the bottle format. Krug Magnums are hand riddled and hand labelled.

Champagne in larger formats evolves differently. The potential for maturation of a Magnum is all about time: the length of the stay in the cellars is longer and the evolution of the aromas in the bottle is slower.

The creation of a Krug Magnum is identical to that of any other format. During the annual bottling period in June, several formats (half bottles, bottles, Magnums and Jeroboams) are defined. This is when the House makes the decision to age the larger bottles longer. For this reason, they will leave the Krug cellars later.

Krug offers only prestige Champagnes, all of the same level of distinction. The most important characteristic of a prestige Champagne is that it will gain beautifully with the passage of time.

Krug Grande Cuvée
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