Born in Buenos Aires, living in London, and playing to audiences all over the world. Marcela Roggeri spared us some moments away from her instrument to share her feelings on another great passion: Krug Champagne.
What is your relationship with Champagne?
Champagne is greatly appreciated in Argentina but we mostly have a wine culture and in particular, Malbec. I discovered Champagne intuitively at first and then began to learn about it later in France. For me today, it represents pleasure, joy and refinement.
When is your ideal moment to enjoy Champagne?
For a long time I drank Champagne when I had an event to celebrate but today I drink Champagne when I want to enjoy myself. Krug was a real discovery. It is a Champagne that offers unique moments in itself.
Which Krug Champagne do you enjoy the most?
I feel that the Krug Clos D’Ambonnay is absolutely precious, refined, sophisticated and unique. I also love Krug Rosé because of its sensuality and mildly spicy taste.
What connections do you sense between Krug Champagne and music?
The world of music and the world of Champagne share a common vocabulary: precision, expressiveness, roundness. There are certain Champagnes that I associate only with classical music like Krug Clos du Mesnil or Krug Clos d’Ambonnay. However I could associate other Krug Champagnes with jazz or Brazilian music, such as Krug Rosé.
Can you explain the music pairing you have chosen for each Krug Champagne?
For Krug Grande Cuvée, I heard the sound of an orchestra right away, round and with a great sound intensity. This is why I thought instinctively of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony ‘Ode to Joy’ which suits this Champagne for its musicality as much as its symbolism.
Krug Rosé calls for a sensual and voluptuous music. I immediately thought of Brazilian music, bossa or samba de Rio, warm, sensual and slightly spicy. This is why I chose a song from Gilberto Gil’s latest album ‘Vocè e eu’.
Krug 2000 calls for a music that is more concentrated and stormy. It is precisely what Argentinian music is about. Seemingly warm and light, it has the mark of a certain depth, a certain nostalgia. It is a tormented music which announces the coming storm. Astor Piazzola is the musician who perfectly embodies this type of music.
Krug 2003 corresponds to a lighter and more joyful music. This is why I wanted one that is inspired from my country’s folklore. This is the case for Cueca de Carlos Guastavino that we recorded with clarinettist Florent Héau. Carlos Guastavino is one of the most important Argentinian composers, innovative but who never renounces on creating seductive, romantic music.
Krug Clos du Mesnil is an invitation to a more baroque and precise music. This Champagne being composed of a single wine, it seems natural that it would be played by one instrument. This is why I think that my interpretation of Scarletti’s A Major Sonata is a creation that goes perfectly with Krug Clos du Mesnil.
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay is to be enjoyed listening to the sound of the cello, with an intimate music similar to Schubert’s. His Piano Trio No.2 is an exceptional composition whose elegance and depth perfectly matches this rare Champagne.