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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.

KRUG iD 313043

Received its cork
Summer 2013
Pinot noir 46% Chardonnay 29% Meunier 25%
The oldest wine
The youngest wine
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Black and White Portrait of Eric Lebel With Krug Grande Cuvee
This bottle spent at least 10 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in summer 2013. Composed of a selection of the year's most characterful wines, Krug 2003 is the expression of the year 2003 revealed by Krug.

A year of such extremes as 2003 was unheard of in living memory. After an early bud break, two extreme frosts had a particularly significant impact on the Chardonnay vines. The summer that followed was a record-breaker, with an average temperature in August of 28.5°C - a staggering ten degrees above the norm.

The harvest began on 23rd August, making it the earliest since 1822. As anticipated, many of the grapes showed a high level of ripeness, but our careful observation of each plot also revealed an unexpected under-ripeness, the result of certain vines protecting themselves from the intense heat by stopping maturation. This extreme variation meant that the harvest continued in waves until early October, ensuring the grapes from each plot were gathered at the optimal moment.

When we came to taste the wines of the year, our respect for the individual character of every plot revealed the different ways in which the year's dramatic conditions had affected each of them. We were particularly surprised to discover a number of fresh, aromatic and balanced wines with vivacious fruit.

The composition of Krug 2003 includes an unusually high quantity of wines from black grapes, while Chardonnays were used with discretion due to their remarkable richness. Its draws its vivacity from the Meuniers of Sainte-Gemme, Villevenard and Courmas, with balance and freshness coming from the Pinot Noirs on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims. With intense expression and finesse, Krug 2003 tells the story of this challenging year.

The final composition of this bottle of Krug 2003 is 46% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay and 25% Meunier.

At the House of Krug every Vintage is crafted to be different, celebrating the distinct character of a particular year. It is as if Krug 2003 were the music of the year, captured by Krug.
Eric Lebel

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.

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.

Food pairing


"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