A Tour of The House of Krug
Krug is one of the most prestigious houses in the champagne region in France. To be able to visit and do a private tour and tasting at The House of Krug is truly exceptional. 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.
If you get the chance to tour the House of Krug you will be extremely lucky and honoured to do so since Krug no longer actually gives private tours to the general public. However we visited the Krug cellars during our stay at L’Assiette Champenoise where they offer speciality Krug champagne weekend packages.
A visit to the House of Krug in the heart of the Champagne region
Our visit was very special from the word go, Starting in the House where Krug began in the heart of champagne. The beautiful building with the oak barrels lining the entrance were spectacular in itself.
The Lounge of Krug
Joseph Krug wrote all of his tasting 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.
The lounge area in krug is 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.
The Krug Champagne
Today the house offers seven different Krug champagnes;
- Krug grande cuvée
- Krug rosé
- The Krug vintage
- Krug collection
- Two clos du mesnil .
A walled vinyard ‘the clos du mesnil’ is where the grapes are grown in a protected area closed off from external elements such as wind. It also has the perfect soil. This soil (or terroir as it is called in French) creates an exceptional flavour. With the quality Soil and growing position you can create exceptional wine such as those created at Krug.
Krug have two of these such areas and grow grapes that are used to produce two champagnes. The Krug Clos Mesnil Champagne and the Clos D’ambonnay which produces the Krug Clos D’ambonnay Champagne.
Champagne tasting at The house of Krug
We sampled three champagnes on our tasting at Krug;
- A Krug Grand Cuvée
- Krug Vintage 2003
- Krug Vintage 2000
All three champagnes were exceptional and came with their own Krug ID.
Krug Grand Cuvée
Krug Grande Cuvée is a blend of over 120 wines coming from ten or more different previous vintages. Some of the vintages used to make this champagne are up to fifteen years old in age. There are three grape varieties in the Krug Grand Cuvée they are the;
- Pinot noir
- Pinot Meunier.
These all come from from numerous Grand Cru vineyards in the champagne region.
Krug Vintage Champagne
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”.
Therefore Krug Vintage is composed only of wines from one a single year. The Krug Vintage champagne matures in Krug’s cellars for at least ten years before it is released for sale.
On our visit we were told all about the “Krug ID “which tells the unique story of each individual bottle of champagne.
Each bottle of Krug has its own Krug ID number on the back of the bottle. Krug has divised an App where you can learn about each individual bottle of Krug. Once you put the Krug ID information in to the Krug app it will tell you the story of your individual bottle. You will be able to find out the age of the reserve wine’s used to make the champagne as well as when it was corked and the date it left the cellar.
Accompanying this information you will find tasting notes on the wine as well as information on food pairing and even music that suits the mood of your champagne.
What is in the cellars of the house of Krug?
Once we had finished our tasting, we took a tour of the house. First off was the stunning cellars where 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 wooden riddling racks. These riddlers allow for just a quarter turn at a time for each bottle to allow the sediment to settle in to the neck of the bottle.
Seeing the stunning vintages locked behind gates was amazing. All sitting and waiting for that special event.
Next was a tour around the reserve wines in they’re huge aluminium vats. Here you will find the house’s library of 150 reserve wines. These wines are to be used in the blend of a future Krug Grande Cuvée and Krug Rosé.
The pristine clean rooms are a stark contrast to that of the cellars.
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.
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 leaves stunning reflections on their lids of the surrounding house.
Visiting The House of Krug was a fantastic opportunity to explore and taste some beautiful champagne’s from an exceptional house.
Stuart J Lerner
Saturday 27th of July 2019
We are a party of 5 and would love to do a tour of Krug. We will be in Reims on 8/20/2019. Please let me know if a private tasting and tour is available. We are staying at the Chateau de Sacy.
Tuesday 7th of February 2017
What a wonderful trip, I love champagne and will definitely stop by when I am in next in the area. Thanks for sharing.
Tuesday 7th of February 2017
Thank you for visiting x
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Monday 9th of January 2017
Merci pour cet article
Friday 6th of January 2017
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.
Friday 6th of January 2017
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.
Sunday 18th of September 2016
What amazing and beautiful pictures. I have another place to add to my must visit list on my future trips planning.