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Krug Rose is a sublime demonstration of the Krug art of blending. Its vibrant personality is brought to life by combining a small quantity of precisely selected, skin-fermented Pinot noir grapes with traditionally fermented Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In any one year, the blend includes a significant amount of reserve wines to ensure a consistent harmony of style.
When Johann-Joseph Krug founded the Krug champagne house in 1843, his dream was to give his name to nothing less than an exceptional champagne- a champagne with a taste all its own. To achieve this, he set himself a few rules, among which, first and foremost: never compromise on quality.
Six generations later, he would approve of his descendents' consistent commitment to excellence. Krug is one of very few champagnes houses that produce only premium blends. This commitment to only the best quality and Krug's unique expertise in champagne-making explain its worldwide reputation.
The wines are made from carefully selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Krug is a guardian of Champagne tradition in still fermenting its wines in small oak barrels, which gives them an exceptional finesse.
Another signature of the Krug style, they are made to mature for at least 6 to 8 years, the reward of which is a distinctive complexity and the ability to age gracefully. Each year, the members of the Krug family blend the different wines that 6 or 8 years later will maintain the high quality and style of their predecessors. Truly exceptional years are consecrated vintage blends.
With methods that guarantee the production and blending of only exceptional champagne, its own 19-hectares vineyard, the quality of the 56 hectare vineyards the house buys its precious grapes from and its stock worth 7 years of production, no wonder Krug is the reference for premium champagnes.
Krug is an encounter, an experience, a revelation - and a collection of six extraordinary champagnes: Krug Grande Cuvee, Krug Rose, Krug Vintage, Krug Collection, Krug Clos du Mesnil and Krug Clos d'Ambonnay.
Krug Rose is pure provocation - a sensual, extravagant champagne that seamlessly fuses the intensity and elegance of the Krug style with an excitement all its own.
Krug Rose was, to say the least, eagerly awaited. For years before the decision to produce one, Krug lovers around the world had been clamouring for Krug to create a rosé in its own style. Initially, both Henri and Rémi Krug were somewhat anti-rosé, believing it to be a gimmick, but eventually - encouraged by the superb harvest of 1976 - they launched a secret experiment. Pinot noir grapes were briefly macerated on their skins, then blended with traditionally fermented Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, as well as a proportion of reserve wines. Typically of Krug, the taste determined the style of production, and the beautiful pink-gold colour was a natural consequence.
In 1983, a few bottles were brought up from the cellars, and Henri and Rémi Krug served the first glass to their father, Paul Krug II, who had known nothing of the experiment. Just one sip swept away all their hesitations, for this was a champagne so thrillingly fresh, so seductively silky-smooth, spilling over with notes of wild berries, exotic spices and concentrated flowers, that it represented a complete break with convention.
Krug at last had its Rosé.