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Le Grand Bellevue

Switzerland
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Le Grand Bellevue re-launched in January 2014 after a year-long renovation by its dynamic young owners, Daniel and Davia Koetser. In the heart of Gstaad, the 57-bedroom hotel was originally built in 1912 as a Cure House and Spa and is now family-owned, managed and designed. Bold colours, eye-catching prints and elegant furniture make up the interiors. The hotel’s signature restaurant LEONARD’s offers exceptional Michelin-starred cuisine by Executive Chef Marcus G. Lindner.

I like the sparkling, aromatic experience of Krug Champagne. Krug attaches great importance to heritage and rightly relies on tradition. This contrast with my kitchen is highly inspiring to me.
What are your sources of inspiration?
For me, creation always begins with each individual ingredient. I am interested in how it is sourced, what it looks, feels, tastes and smells like. These incredibly diverse, distinct flavours are just waiting to be matched and brought together. Many ideas for combinations occur to me outside of the kitchen, as I am very inspired by the natural landscape of the Bernese Oberland region around Le Grand Bellevue when I go hiking or running.
What is your idea of pleasure?
I take pleasure and fulfilment in everything I choose to do, as I have a decisive personal attitude toward life. I enjoy challenges and leaving my comfort zone. Travel, good conversations with friends and everyday life experiences with my son also allow me to broaden my horizons.
What is your ultimate dream meal?
I believe opposites attract and love extremes, which are consequently what characterise some of my favourite dishes. As a starter, I enjoy the firm meat and subtle taste of St. Pierre juxtaposed with the delicate yet intense fried foie gras combined with the fresh acidity of rhubarb and earthy hazelnut. After that, I would have chargrilled, spicy and crispy suckling pig paired with the sweetness of apple and the sharpness of horseradish.
What do you value most?
That my profession is also my greatest passion, and I can share it. I value difference, going against norms and conventions. Apart from work, for me the time I spend with good friends is invaluable.
What makes you a Krug Lover?
I like the sparkling, aromatic experience of Krug Champagne and also how Krug attaches great importance to heritage and rightly relies on tradition. This contrast with my kitchen philosophy is inspiring to me.
Can you describe your first sip of Krug?
Krug’s invitation to the Wasserngrat mountain, one of the Saveurs Gstaad events, where Krug Vintage champagne was served as an accompaniment to a five-course menu, was an unforgettable experience for me.
What is your favourite Krug food pairing?
If I'm honest, I enjoy Krug whenever I feel like it, the unique thing about good champagne is that it always fits everything.
When is your favourite time to enjoy Krug?
It's always the right moment, for me Krug is an expression of joie de vivre and spontaneity.

A talk with Chef Marcus G. Lindner

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Krug Grande Cuvée — Grand Soleil
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