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After a short time later de Vivès went into retirement, Paul Krugman took the lead. Under his leadership the company developed into a major Champagne house. From 1898 to 1910 he served as president of the Syndicat du commerce des vins de Champagne. As one of ten children took in 1910 his son Joseph Krug succeeded. Under Paul Krug II (b. 1912) with his cousin, Jean Seydoux, the leadership of the House strengthened and enlarged the property by buying first-class vineyards. In 1999 pitcher of the group LVMH acquired. The business is conducted but remain of the family. These are Henry (b. 1937) as Director General and his brother Rémi Krug (born 1942). Their children, Olivier and Caroline are already active in the sixth generation also in the company.
The company's products are among the absolute top quality and are considered by experts as a benchmark for quality champagne. Particular lovers of this brand even refer to themselves as "Krugist" (Fr. Krugiste, Eng. Kruggist) and believe that there is no better Champagne there. Concerns regarding the extreme quality criteria, it is actually a very special champagne. This begins with a selective choice of grape. Up to 70% of grape growers harvested grapes offer is rejected and accepted only the very best material. Even in our own vineyards is met with a rigorous selection. The single vineyard "Clos du Mesnil" in the Grand Cru village Mesnil-sur-Oger only covers two hectares and is planted with 100% Chardonnay.
The reading of this tiny amount often extends over four to five days, since in one pass only the ripest grapes are taken in each case. Only the Most of the first grape pressing (cuvee) is used. For the (first) fermentation exclusively Pièce used, which are small oak barrels with 205 liters of volume. About 3,300 sometimes up to 30 years old drums of this type are in use. The expansion in old casks produces a particularly supple. About 10% of which are replaced annually, and these are first cleaned with hot water and uses up to three years, otherwise running before they come for champagne production are used. The related expense is enormous, but the exact method of one of the many mysteries of pitcher quality.
The company has always been a champion in the assemblage. The wines are stored for a very long time on the yeast. As a rule, are not suitable for storage of Champagne and should be eaten relatively quickly. Not so with pitcher - these are ideal for long storage and will be treated like big wines. Another novelty is that the normally eight to 11 ° Celsius at Krug champagne drunk-products may have a few degrees more and the positive impact this has on the taste. Therefore, they are also an excellent dinner companion to many dishes. The "Grande Cuvée" is the standard product of the house and comprises 65 to 80% of production volume. For him to use 50-60 wines from up to 25 layers, and six to ten vintages. The House avoids the usual term for "anee sans" (jahrgangslos) and describes him as "multi-vintage champagne). This champagne should be opened only after the delivery, after two years, some even after ten years.
The varietal blend produced only in exceptional years when vintage Champagne "Brut Vintage" and "Millésimé" is different. Store at least 7 to 15 years on the lees. The year 1990 saw the market in 2003. Since 1983, a rosé is produced. He is around 50% Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier 20% Chardonnay and 25% assembled, plus the addition of a silent red wine from Pinot Noir Aÿ and much brighter than other rosé Champagne. The first time in 1979 produced Cuvée de Prestige "Clos du Mesnil" comes from the aforementioned individual situation. Blanc de blancs this tip is pressed from 100% Chardonnay and stored before being sold 12 to 15 years. It produces only about 10,000 bottles annually. The best vintages are the 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988 (Champagne-century) and 1990.
Sparkling wine, Champagne, Krug
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