The name Krug epitomises a Champagne maker that is possibly the most highly-acclaimed in the whole world and Cuvées of real prestige; considered by many to be the most singular of Champagnes. Founded in 1843 by Johann Joseph Krug, this house began applying new wine-making systems by vinifying its wines by parcel and individually, thus going even further than the restrictions of vintage years and maintaining a fine catalogue of reserve wines. Since then, six generations have inherited the running of the company, perpetuating a distinctive Champagne produced according to strict standards of quality control. A unique Champagne whose coupage varies depending upon the particular characteristics of each year, yet resulting in a style easily recognisable due to its balance, delicacy and complexity.
The Krug house works with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, which are incorporated in different proportions depending on the climatic conditions of the vintage year. Krug only possesses 20 hectares of vineyards in Ay, Ambonnay, Mesnil and Trépail, but counts upon the yields of other vine growers for the exclusive provision of grapes grown on around 250 parcels. All the wines must ferment, with each parcel handled individually, in old 205-litre barrels made out of oak wood from Argonne, and they can remain in them from 5 up to 18 years. In the manufacture of Krug, malolactic fermentation is avoided with the aim of maintaining acidity and ensuring long ageing potential. Today Krug possesses more than 150 wines in reserve and thousands of tasting notes to ensure that each year its Champagnes faithfully represent this legendary firm, with their characteristic smooth, luscious, velvety flavour abounding in nuances and subtleties.
- Year founded1843