Explore Krug from “Soloist to Orchestra,” build your cellar and create a legacy for two (2) couples
A private virtual tasting and meeting with Olivier Krug, to open any of these Krug bottles and discuss the wines
Ever since its founding in 1843, Krug has been the last word in Champagne, a complex and sensual experience that cannot be matched or rivalled. Back then, Joseph Krug founded his house with a remarkable vision: to create prestige Champagnes, and nothing but prestige Champagnes, each and every year. He visualized a portfolio where there would be no hierarchies, because every Champagne would be on the same dazzling quality level. His philosophy rules the house to this day.
The winning bidders on this lot will own extremely rare Large Format bottles and a journey of discovery offering three different musical expressions in Champagne: Krug’s “Soloist to Orchestra” limited edition set from four eloquent years. Taken together, this collection is literally priceless.
The first Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée was composed after the harvest of 1845, and it has grown into a yearly celebration of the finest expressions the vineyards have to offer. The House creates a new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée each year, with the current Édition in Jeroboam being the 161 ème. Krug Grande Cuvee is an exquisite blend of wines that goes beyond the notion of vintage. It is composed of over 120 different wines from ten or more vintages, some of them as much as 15 years old at the time of blending. It combines the region’s three primary grape varieties—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier—and rests in the House’s cellars for six or seven years before release.
The winning bidders will receive four 3 Liter bottles of the 161 ème Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée. Bottles of this size are rarely found on the open market. He or she will also obtain four 3 Liter bottles of Krug Rosé 20 ème Édition.
Krug Rosé began as an experiment by Henri and Rémy Krug in the 1970s, with the first bottles offered for sale in 1983. From the beginning, it was intended to be a gastronomic Champagne, designed to accompany food at the world’s finest tables. Like Krug Grande Cuvée, it is a blend of many different reserve wines and spends five years aging before release; it is re-created every year and is reborn with a unique blend each time.
The lot will also include four 3 Liter bottles of Krug 2000, which reflects the stormy and chaotic weather conditions of the last year of the millennium. 2000 was a remarkable vintage in many respects, yielding a bountiful harvest of rich grapes selected to become a Krug Vintage. The bottles aged in the Krug cellars for a decade before release. This is a profound Champagne of great purity and depth.
The Krug Family was one of the first in the area to organize musical gatherings at their home in Reims in the early 1900s, and they firmly believe that music can be appreciated by everyone, as can Champagne. The key is to forget about the technical aspects and focus on the sensations they inspire. We do this when we listen to music, and Krug invites us to do the same when we taste Champagne.
Cellar Master Julie Cavil plays the role of orchestra conductor. Every year, she auditions more than 400 wines, or “musicians” as she prefers to call them, approaching the composition of each cuvée as though it were a musical masterpiece.
In Krug’s rarest limited-edition cases, these masterpieces await your cellar. You will receive four of Krug’s 750ml Soloist to Orchestra 3-bottle sets: the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. These limited-edition offerings are a tribute both to their remarkable years and to the unique craftsmanship of the House of Krug, which enables the creation of different expressions of nature, all of the same level of distinction. As you sample these bottles, you’ll discover a full symphony of taste.
Wine must be picked up at the Naples Children & Education Foundation office or shipped at the winning bidder’s expense. Virtual tasting to be scheduled for mutually agreeable date.
Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne