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Krug 2003

Vivacious Radiance

Krug decided to create a vintage for this particular year and named it “Vivacité Solaire” (Vivacious Radiance) to relate an unexpected story of a hot year that surprised Krug with fruit, freshness, balance, expressiveness, vivacity and finesse,
all at the same time.

Tasting notes

At first sight, a subtle yellow gold colour highlighting a reserved finesse.
On the nose: there are notes of citrus, plum, liquid honey and brioche.
On the palate: fresh summer fruits, surprising red grapefruit along with candied peel, roast chestnut and caramelized apple tart.

Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug

Black and White Portrait of Eric Lebel With Krug Grande Cuvee
The year 2003 was truly unique with particularly challenging circumstances, an eventful year for Champagne. 
We had a dry winter and spring, an early bud break followed by two serious frosts which meant significant losses, especially of many Chardonnay grapes. Then August was a record-breaker with average temperatures of 28.5°C, ten degrees above the seasonal average! We had our first harvest on August 23rd, the earliest since 1822, but the extreme variations in ripeness throughout the plots meant we could not set harvest dates for each village, as is usually the case in the Champagne region. Thus, the harvest continued in waves until early October. A year of three such extremes was unheard of in living memory… 

At the end of harvest we had small yields, healthy grapes, an expected over-ripeness but also an unexpected under-ripeness; the vines protected themselves from the intense heat by stopping their maturation. We discovered this because we respect the individual expression of every plot; nature’s beauty and strength at work in the fields. Nurturing this individuality meant we found surprisingly fresh, aromatic and balanced wines with very vivacious fruit.

Personally, I am delighted with the varied blend of Krug 2003 because it tells our story; it reflects the challenges we faced. It includes a higher quantity of wines from black grapes than usual and thus also a smaller amount of Chardonnay (29%); these were used discreetly because they gave plenty of aromatic richness. Expression and vivacity comes from the wines of the parcels of Meunier (25%) from villages such as Sainte Gemme, Villevenard and Courmas. The Pinot Noirs  (46%) with their lovely structure and body - from the south and north-facing slopes of the Montagne de Reims - add balance and freshness.

After a decade gaining finesse in the cellars, Krug 2003 can be enjoyed now or for many more years to come. As with all Krug Champagnes, Krug 2003 has a very high ageing potential and will gain with time.
Eric Lebel

KRUG 2003


Food pairing

Storing & serving

  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 1
    The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F - 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 2
    Krug has created The Joseph, a unique crystal glass whose shape enables the bubbles to reach their optimal expression and allows the discovery of the incredible bouquet of aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 3
    If you do not have The Joseph glass, you may prefer a white Burgundy glass to a flute, to enable the expression of Krug Champagne’s flavors and aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 4
    As a Prestige Cuvée, Krug Champagnes age beautifully, the time revealing their richness and elegance.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 5
    Your Champagne should be stored in a wine cellar, or in a cool (between 10 to 15 °C - 50 to 59 °F) dry and away from light place, the exact conditions of Krug cellars.

"This offers fine detail and tectire on the palaten carrying an expressive range of poached quince and black currant fruit, coffe liqueur, garam masala, spun honey and raw almond. Fresh and focused, this is a boon from the hot 2003 vintage, showing a sense of finesse on the subtle finish." – AN

Wine Spectator 2015
Note: 94/100

Absolute perfection: impressive finesse of texture associated with a richness and a complexity of dazzling fruits, an endless persistence. Within Krug legend!

Bettane & Desseauve 2015
Note: 20/20
Music pairing by The Dø
Singers and musicians
The Dø
Music Pairing Artiste The DO Interview

The Dø is a French indie pop duo founded in Paris in 2005. The band is composed of Olivia Merilahti (singer and musician) and Dan Levy (multi-instrumentalist).

As Krug Lovers, Olivia Merilahti et Dan Levy came in Reims to visit the House of Krug. They were welcomed by Eric Lebel and they tasted Krug Champagnes.

Following this visit, they have selected a piece of music to pair with each Krug Champagne. 

They have selected for Krug 2003 : «Good Times» by Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin The Dø_Aretha Franklin - Good News
The Dø
  • Music Pairing Artiste The DO Vignette Music Pairing Artiste The DO Vignette

    The Dø_Aretha Franklin - Good News

    The Dø_Aretha Franklin - Good News

    Aretha Franklin

    Selected by
    The Dø

  • Ozark Henry portrait Ozark Henry portrait

    Ozark Henry - Danse Macabre

    Ozark Henry - Danse Macabre

    Saint Saens, Christian La Marca

    Selected by
    Ozark Henry

  • Artist Keziah Jones Artist Keziah Jones

    Keziah Jones_You Do Something To Me

    Keziah Jones_You Do Something To Me

    Sonny Rollins

    Selected by
    Keziah Jones

  • Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait

    Khatia Buniatishvili_4 seasons - Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315 (L'estate): III. Presto

    Khatia Buniatishvili_4 seasons - Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315 (L'estate): III. Presto

    Vivaldi - Giuliano Carmignola & Venice Baroque Orchestra

    Selected by
    Khatia Bunitiasvili

  • Music pairing Gregory Porter profil Music pairing Gregory Porter profil

    Gregory Porter_Bill Evans - But beautiful

    Gregory Porter_Bill Evans - But beautiful

    Bill Evans

    Selected by
    Bill Evans

  • Music Experience Portrait of Artist Jacky Terrasson Music Experience Portrait of Artist Jacky Terrasson

    Jacky Terrasson_Vision

    Jacky Terrasson_Vision

    Keith Jarrett

    Selected by
    Jacky Terrasson

  • Music Experience Artist Ceclia Harpe Music Experience Artist Ceclia Harpe

    Cecilia Chailly_Rapide Stelle

    Cecilia Chailly_Rapide Stelle

    Cécilia Chailly

    Selected by
    Cécilia Chailly

  • Music Pairing JJCollard Portrait Music Pairing JJCollard Portrait

    Jean Philippe Collard - Bruno Walter_Brahms_Symphonie n°4

    Jean Philippe Collard - Bruno Walter_Brahms_Symphonie n°4

    Bruno Walter

    Selected by
    Jean Philippe Collard

  • Portrait of Orazio Sciortino in B&W Portrait of Orazio Sciortino in B&W

    Orazio Sciortino - Don Carlos. Coro di festa e marcia funebre S 435

    Orazio Sciortino - Don Carlos. Coro di festa e marcia funebre S 435

    Verdi / Orazio Sciortino

    Selected by
    Orazio Sciortino