The quintessential Champagne lover’s Champagne
Posted by Nicholas Gaskin on October 05, 2015
Krug is a Champagne house that needs very little introduction, founded by Joseph Krug in 1843, Krug is one of the most famous of the Grand Marque Champagne houses.
Krug is part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group (LVMH) which is an umbrella of luxury brands including Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and also Louis Vuitton, Chateau d’Yquem, Dior and Givenchy, just to name a few. While LVMH is the overarching conglomerate, the Krug family is still actively involved in running the house.
Krug’s own vineyards are located in the best of the best villages including Ambonnay, Le Mesnil and Ay, with a further 250 plots on a contract grower basis. Two of Krug’s most famous Champagnes, Clos d’Ambonnay and Clos du Mesnil are produced from single plots of land within stone walls in their namesake villages of Ambonnay and Le Mesnil. Not only are these two of the best Champagnes money can buy — you need a lot of it to actually buy them, with Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay retailing for $1300 and $3900AUD respectively!
Krug’s flagship Champagne, their Grande Cuvee was our choice of Champagne to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Perth Champagne Club, fortunately it’s *slightly* more affordable at an RRP of $289.95. Krug Grande Cuvee is a special Champagne, it’s generally a blend of more than 120 separate wines with up to 10 years age in Krug’s cellars. Another thing that sets Krug apart from its competitors is the Krug ID, a number stamped on the label which enables you to search specific information on that particular bottle.
pictured is the bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee that we enjoyed for our 2nd birthday.
The Krug ID on our particular bottle revealed that it received it’s cork in Autumn 2013, funnily enough right around the time that Perth Champagne Club was founded, we thought it quite fitting!
Other interesting facts revealed by our particular Krug ID are that the oldest wine in that bottle was from 1990 and the youngest from 2006, forming a total blend of 142 different wines spanning 11 years. There is no other Champagne quite like it, it’s got fresh flavors of green apples as well as aged notes of marzipan, caramel, hazelnut and nougat. A combination of flavours like no other, and unmistakably Krug.
It’s a prestige cuvee that most people, including us can’t afford to drink every day, but the next time you need an extra special gift for a loved one, or bottle of Champagne to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special event I’d highly recommend it.
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Originally published at perthchampagneclub.com by Nick Gaskin