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Krug Collection 1985

Time’s second revelation of Krug 1985

To the delight of collectors around the world, a very limited number of bottles of Krug Vintage are kept in ideal conditions in the House’s cellars. They are tasted and appraised as they wait to blossom into a second life. Krug Vintage then becomes Krug Collection and reveals a new personality. Krug Collection Champagnes are true examples of time sublimation; maturity exposes hidden facets and depth. New flavours surprise, while old ones have gained structure. Krug Collection is always a wonderful discovery, a deeper story of the Krug Vintage. Krug Collection 1985 is time’s second revelation of Krug 1985.

This individually numbered magnum spent at least 29 years in Krug's cellars further developing its depth and complexity. After regular tasting and appraisal, it received its cork as Krug Collection 1985 in summer 2014.

As it is a magnum, we let it rest for even longer, waiting until the Champagne is ready to be enjoyed.

COMPOSITION

48%
Pinot Noir
30%
Chardonnay
22%
Meunier

Blend

100% wines of the year 1985

Cork received

summer 2014
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A talk with Julie Cavil

Krug Cellar Master

The year 1985 will be remembered for record-breaking frosts in January, a rainy and cold month of June and sunny weather with some periods of heat and storms from July through to the end of the growing cycle. The result was a harvest with yields that were normal for the Chardonnay but very low for Pinot Noir. The white wines of the year were extremely high quality with remarkable balance.
Due to the strong character of the year, Henri Krug, president of the House from 1977 to 2002, considered 1985 to be the most difficult for the re-creation of Krug Grande Cuvée.
Krug Collection 1985 is the second life of Krug 1985. This Champagne combines richness and intensity, as well as freshness and vitality.
Krug Collection 1985 is a broad, concentrated and deep blend with ample fruit aromas. Pinot Noir (48%), Chardonnay (30%) and Meunier (22%) are at the origin of this very unique and original Champagne, remarkable for its balance and quality.
The Krug Collection bottles are numbered and leave the House in descending order, thereby revealing how many of these precious Champagnes still remain. They are guaranteed by Krug with a certificate of authenticity signed by Olivier Krug, which can be provided upon request.

Tasting notes

Krug Collection 1985 has gained depth and beauty, with an astoundingly velvety deep, golden colour. Aromas of warm bread fresh from the oven, mild spices and even pepper and wax. On the palate they come together in unctuous, generous opulence with honey and toffee flavours while highlighting delicate, rare flavours of white truffle, as well as perfectly ripened figs and even blackcurrant, bursting with sunshine.

Tasting notes

Krug Collection 1985 has gained depth and beauty, with an astoundingly velvety deep, golden colour. Aromas of warm bread fresh from the oven, mild spices and even pepper and wax. On the palate they come together in unctuous, generous opulence with honey and toffee flavours while highlighting delicate, rare flavours of white truffle, as well as perfectly ripened figs and even blackcurrant, bursting with sunshine.

KRUG X MUSIC

The House of Krug has long sensed that a link existed between sound and taste perception. Many appreciators of fine wine and Music, or anyone who has used the Krug App, understands the joy of savouring this extraordinary Champagne while listening to a piece of Music and how such an experience allows one to travel down direct pathways to the sensations.

The House collaborates with renowned artists, as well as with rising newcomers who compose original tracks following their tastings with the Cellar Master. Their Music Pairings or “Krug Echoes” are accessible to anyone on Krug.com or via the Krug app, making it possible to share their unforgettable experience with Krug Champagne at home.

DISCOVER KRUG ECHOES

Ozark Henry

Artist & Composer

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I still remember my first glass of Krug, being overwhelmed by a complexity I did not expect from a Champagne. It was one big crescendo, a feast of highlights, the big finale of a huge fireworks display.

I still remember my first glass of Krug, being overwhelmed by a complexity I did not expect from a Champagne. It was one big crescendo, a feast of highlights, the big finale of a huge fireworks display.

KRUG PODCASTS

Discover the House of Krug from the inside. Relive stories from Krug’s heritage, told by members of the House. Join Krug’s winemakers as they reveal tasting room insights. Listen to Krug Lovers talking about their unforgettable experiences with Krug Champagnes.

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The Most Generous Expression of Champagne

Olivier Krug
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How to enjoy Champagne

Maggie Henriquez
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Welcome to the Krug Family House

Mylène Soulas
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The story of Krug 2006

Text by Olivier Krug and Music pairing by Kris Bowers
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Sharing inspiration from Krug x Pepper

Juan Amador - 3* Krug Ambassade Chef - Austria
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FOOD PAIRING

White or black truffle soufflé, spicy dishes, as well as sweet and sour Asian chicken, veal or fish can be nice matches for this Champagne. Excellent combinations also include desserts such as orange pudding, carrot cake or autumn baked fruits with a light sabayon sauce.

FOOD PAIRING

White or black truffle soufflé, spicy dishes, as well as sweet and sour Asian chicken, veal or fish can be nice matches for this Champagne. Excellent combinations also include desserts such as orange pudding, carrot cake or autumn baked fruits with a light sabayon sauce.

STORING & SERVING

The Right Temperature

The House of Krug recommends that its Champagnes be served between 9°C and 12°C, as colder temperatures limit the expression of their flavours and aromas.

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The Right Glass

In 2011 the House of Krug partnered with renowned crystal maker, Riedel, to design a glass that would most generously reveal the fullness of flavours and aromas of Krug Grande Cuvée.

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The Influence of Time

Krug offers only prestige Champagnes, the most important characteristic of which is that they will gain beautifully with the passage of time.

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