Krug Champagne: A Passionate Commitment to Crafsmanship
Many champagne houses claim a lengthy lineage, but perhaps more than any other, Krug has kept its business all in the family. That's one of the reasons its champagne has maintained the qualities needed to earn a Luxist nominee in the best sparkling wines/champagne category.
One of the most important aspects of the champagne-making process is assemblage, the step where different grapes from different vineyards and years are carefully selected and blended to give a champagne its unique character. Starting in 1843, Krug has been blended by a Krug family member every single year. The house boasts that only its generational approach to winemaking can maintain the same high standards over the years.
In making champagne, time is a key element, and Krug has plenty of it. All of Krug's champagnes are aged for at least six year in cellars far below the French city of Reims. Grapes are hand-picked and pressed; the product is then placed in 205-liter small oak casks. Krug is the only premier champagne house that still ferments all of its wines in oak, which gives its offerings a unique and complex taste.
Today, Krug and its Grand Cuvée are among the most prized holdings of luxury conglomerate LVMH. Keeping with tradition, though, the Krug family still runs the show.
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