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Krug 2000

Stormy Indulgence

At the House of Krug, every Krug Vintage celebrates the distinct character of a particular year. A Krug Vintage is a blend of the most expressive wines from a single year enhanced by a stay of over ten years in the cellars. Every Krug Vintage is different: it is the Music of the year, captured by Krug.

Krug 2000 is rich, precise, complex and indulgent. The House of Krug wanted to create a vintage for the last year of the millennium, to capture the unusual and climatically chaotic season. Nicknamed Stormy Indulgence by the House, this vintage brings together the complexity and generosity of a very exciting year. Krug 2000 is one of the most intense, dramatic and romantic Krug Vintages ever created.

This jeroboam spent at least 16 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in spring 2016.

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

COMPOSITION

43%
Pinot Noir
42%
Chardonnay
15%
Meunier

Blend

100% wines of the year 2000

Cork received

spring 2016
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The relatively mild winter of 2000 – with alternate dry and rainy periods – was marked by a violent tornado, which struck in on December 26, 1999. A hail-free but rather rainy spring led to later budding than usual, but with sustained growth. Full bloom took place during the first half of June.
On the 2nd of July, a hailstorm of nearly unprecedented violence hit nearly 4,000 hectares, representing 13% of the appellation’s total area. The hailstones, some the size of a pigeon's egg, partially or totally destroyed the Pinot Noir crops north of the Montagne de Reims. A milder summer ensued, but still with some storms, thus leading to the feeling and hope that there would be a good harvest.
The first grapes were cut on 11 September 2000, and the harvest ended on 25 September. Despite the year’s weather setbacks, the terroir displayed the potential for a good harvest, due to the large size of the grapes.
After various tasting sessions, the winemaking team decided on a blend of plots in Trépail and Villers-Marmery (Chardonnay) where the notes of ripe citrus fruits would brace the great white grape varieties from various plots of Avize and Mesnil because they felt these whites needed to be tamed.
The base structure of this blend is close to a great classic for the House of Krug with grapes coming from a number of well-known plots in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Aÿ, the great Pinot Noir from the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims.
This blend would be unfinished without the presence of Meuniers from Saint Gemme and Villevanard, which always present in Krug Champagnes.
The final creation offers a fine balance between the Pinot Noir (42%) and Chardonnay grapes (43%), with 15% of Meunier, providing the final touch.

A talk with Julie Cavil

Krug Cellar Master

Tasting notes

Beautiful, intense golden colour that begins to reveal the year.
On the nose, aromas of caramel, nougat, hazelnut and freshly baked pastries fresh from the oven.
On the palate, flavours of citrus fruit gratin, lime zest with a very long finish and persistence.

Tasting notes

Beautiful, intense golden colour that begins to reveal the year.
On the nose, aromas of caramel, nougat, hazelnut and freshly baked pastries fresh from the oven.
On the palate, flavours of citrus fruit gratin, lime zest with a very long finish and persistence.

Rating

"A powerhouse, with a dense and expressive core of toasted brioche, candied kumquat, espresso crème, crystallized honey and salted pistachio flavors. The fine, creamy mousse and well-meshed acidity lend a sense of finesse that cloaks the firm structure and exuberance of this impressive Champagne."

Wine Spectator 2015
Ratings : 97/100

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.

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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

Krug 2000 can be enjoyed with caramelised scallops and pineapple, spicy sauces, rich gravies, squab, confit of vegetables or citrus fruits, sweet and sour sauces or even spices. It is also excellent with desserts containing roasted fruits such as bananas, peaches or citrus fruits.

Food Pairing

Krug 2000 can be enjoyed with caramelised scallops and pineapple, spicy sauces, rich gravies, squab, confit of vegetables or citrus fruits, sweet and sour sauces or even spices. It is also excellent with desserts containing roasted fruits such as bananas, peaches or citrus fruits.

STORING & SERVING

The Right Temperature

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

The Right Glass

The House of Krug has partnered with renowned crystal maker Riedel to design a glass that would most generously reveal the fullness of flavour and aromas of Krug Champagnes.

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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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