Private Tour and Tasting at The House of Krug.

 

Last year we had the pleasure of a private tour and tasting  at The House of Krug. Joseph Krug established the House of Krug in 1843 to create the very best champagne. Krug is based in Reims the main city in the champagne region in France.

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Our visit was very special from the word go, Starting in the House where Krug began in the heart of champagne.

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Joesph wrote all of his notes in a cherry red notebook passing on all of his knowledge to his son Paul. He experimented with building a reserve of wines from grapes grown in different plots to blend exceptional wines.

Krug Id Krug champagne tour tastingThe lounge area was beautiful with relics from the old house on display including the note book of Joseph himself.

Joseph wrote in his book ” A good house should only create two champagnes of the same quality” , champagne no 1 to be the fullest expression of champagne every single year, and. Champagne no 2, the expression of the circumstances of a particular year captured by Krug, and created only in the years as Krug vintage.

We know this today as Krug Vintage.

Krug champagne tour Jospeh Krug

Today the house offers seven different Krug champagnes.

Krug grande cuvée, Krug rosé, the Krug vintage , Krug collection and  two clos du mesnil .

A walled vinyard ‘the clos du mesnil’ is where the grapes are grown in protected area with perfect soil (terroir) to create an exceptional flavour. These two different areas grow grapes that are used to produce the Krug Clos Mesnil Champagne and the Clos D’ambonnay which produces the Krug Clos D’ambonnay Champagne.

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We sampled three champagnes on our tasting, A Krug Grand Cuvée a Krug Vintage  2003 and a Krug Vintage 2000. All three were exceptional.

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Krug Grande Cuvée is a blend of over 120 wines coming from ten or more different vintages – some up to fifteen years in age – and three grape varieties,Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. All  from numerous vineyards in the champagne region.

Krug champagne tour tasting

Krug Vintage is, according to the House, “not the selection of the best wines of a particular year, but rather the expression of that year according to Krug” Composed only of wines from a single year, Krug Vintage Matures  in Krug’s cellars for at least ten years before release.

Krug champagne tour corks

We were told all about the Krug ID which tells the unique story of each individual bottle of champagne.

Each bottle has its own Krug ID number on the back of the bottle. Once you put this information in to the Krug app it will tell you the story of your individual bottle, From the age of the reserve wine’s used to make it to when it was corked and left the cellar.

You’ll find tasting notes , information on food pairing and even music that suits the mood of your champagne.

Krug ID champagne app

 

Once we had finished our tasting, we took a tour of the house, first off was the stunning cellars , even the smell is amazing , the cool dark spaces emulates such History and an excitement much like their champagne..

Champagne is stored to mature in riddling racks. Just a quarter turn at a time for each bottle to allow the sediment to settle in to the neck of the bottle.

Krug champagne tour cellars

Seeing the stunning vintages locked behind gates was amazing. All sitting and waiting for that special event.

Krug champagne tour vinatsge cellar

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Next was a tour around the reserve wines in they’re huge aluminium vats. Here you find the house’s library of 150 reserve wines to be used in the blend of a future Krug Grande Cuvée and Krug Rosé.

Krug champagne tour vats

The pristine clean rooms are a stark contrast to that of the cellars.

Krug champagne tour vats

Krug uses small 205-litre oak casks tailor-made from trees that are more than two centuries old in the forests of Hautes Futaies in Central France. These Barrels are only used for approximately 40 years.

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During the summer preceding the harvest, casks are regularly watered to humidify the wood. The oak casks were a beautiful sight to see filling up the courtyard of the House of Krug, The water left stunning reflections.

Krug champagne tour

Visiting The House of Krug  was a fantastic  opportunity to explore and taste some beautiful champagne’s from an exceptional house.

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8 Comments

  1. September 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Wow what an experience and a beautiful building to wander around. Love that you can enter the code on the app and find out the story behind the bottle. I hope you got to sample some of the Krug too x

    • donswish
      September 16, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Was an Amazing experience, I love France too! thanks for visiting x

  2. September 18, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    What amazing and beautiful pictures. I have another place to add to my must visit list on my future trips planning.

  3. Andrea
    January 6, 2017 / 3:01 am

    What a fabulous opportunity! Krug is by far my favorite champagne. Do you have advice on obtaining a tour? I will traveling to France in JuneJuky of this year and am very keen on touring the Krug winery. However, Inhave heard that it’s difficult to get a tour. I did an internet search on Krug tours and came across your blog. Many thanks in advance for your advice.

    Best, Andrea

    • donswish
      January 6, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Hi Andrea, thank you for your visit. We visited Krug as part of a offer with a hotel and meal package at https://www.assiettechampenoise.com/en/hotel/#krug it is quite expensive. However you may be able to get in if you use someone who arranges tours for different champagne houses. I can find the contact for the man we use. I will be doing more Champagne posts soon on other champagnes in the area soon.

  4. February 7, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    What a wonderful trip, I love champagne and will definitely stop by when I am in next in the area. Thanks for sharing.

    • donswish
      February 7, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you for visiting x

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