About this brand is legendary, and on the auctions it is considered a rarity. For most champagne Krug is considered a benchmark of luxury and taste. Meanwhile the secret of success is simple: the creators of the masterpiece has been 175 years, adhere to the motto: “endurance and quality!”. Therefore, the life expectancy of a bottle of champagne lasts ten years and above.
The history of the brand Krug
Krug is a brand of French champagne. It belongs to the category of luxury because of high quality. The history of creating the famous brand takes its roots in the 40-o years of the nineteenth century. Nobody known young man Johann-Joseph Krug, a German by birth, finds a job as accountant in the then popular Parisian house Jacquesson.
After a while, together with his family moved to Reims, the champagne region. After hard work he creates has its own house of Krug et Cie for the production of champagne. With the death of Joseph, the case is transferred to his son the Field. That’s when it the drink becomes world famous. “Circle” is assigned the status of “Highest grade”, and the leadership of the House is gradually passed down from father to son.
The circle does not divide the drinks into “basic” and “prestige”. Now in high demand champagne Circle with the name “Grande Cuvée”. It is prepared as follows: take 50 samples of the wines originating from different vineyards, made from different grape varieties. Chief winemaker blends them into a single Cuvee, bottles and leaves to the secondary fermentation.
The duration of secondary fermentation must not give way first. The drink goes on sale after ten years. Meanwhile, other houses are beginning to sell their own products three years after the secondary fermentation.
Note! To obtain a Grande Cuvee uses the following grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot sardone and Pinot Meunier.
Joseph Krug did not recognize compromises. Creating his own wine, he understood that the role of champagne lies in the pleasure that it creates. Dream of the winemaker was to make a unique drink. He was every year to take a leading position. While not considered a crop and changeable weather conditions.
Currently, Olivier Krug, the sixth representative of the famous dynasty, reveals the secrets of the ancestors. Only that the rules help them to be best:
- an unusual approach to business;
- violation of the General rules (if necessary);
- individual approach to each vineyard;
- the creation of a powerful reserve wines of different harvest years.
Thanks to Joseph (Johann) Circle managed to achieve the dream is to create champagne Circle.
Sparkling beverages of the brand “Circle” obtained by mixing into one of three types of wine:
- Chardonnay or white wine;
- Pinot Noir or technical fault;
- Pinot Meunier or red wine.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are elegant wines, while Pinot Meunier adds some weight to the drink. Meanwhile, the winemakers of the house of Krug made no secret of the fact that mixed in cuvée less than elite wine. Ratios proportions in champagne unknown, as an absolute formula does not exist. Every manufacturer is entitled to rely on your own taste.
Keep bottles in the cellar, which is kept at a constant temperature of 11 degrees Celsius. When the aging period is about to end, the bottles pass on a special stand and turned upside down so that the balance has shifted to her throat.
After 3-4 weeks freeze the neck of the bottle. In the process of freezing knock tube, splash a few drops of champagne and poured a bottle of a special liqueur that makes the drink bubbly. Also the taste is to add sugar.
Krug: modern manufacture
Champagne house Krug belongs to those few corporations, where sparkling drink is aged in wooden barrels. To gather the grapes are allowed only by hand and pressed under vertical wooden press. Of course, it is quite costly and difficult. But we must not forget that each bottle has a ripening period of ten years or more.
Every few years the Circle produces a millesime champagne.
Note! Millesime call drinks created from grapes harvested from a single harvest year. As a rule, this year is famous for its excellent vintage, and the wine – rich flavor. The rule entered to date each bottle of millesime champagne. The cost of such wines in Europe exceeds a three-digit number.
Taste characteristics depend on the sweetness, acidity, strength and so on. Grande Cuvée refers to the type of Brut, that is dry wine. Appearance sparkling drink is light gold with fine bubbles and glare.
Flavor notes balanced with aromas of spices, honey. A taste of quince, cherries, candied roasted walnuts, cardamom, roasted black coffee, liqueur and so on. Any champagne house Krug is impressive by the harmony, lightness, richness, freshness and elegance.
A characteristic feature of champagne Krug is its unique taste. Even an open bottle of wine may be a long time to deteriorate. Not at all, on the second day it becomes brighter than at the beginning. The members of the family Circle of love “Grand Cuvée”. According to them, when the praise millesime wine, they realize that it is a tribute to nature. But when praised “Grande Cuvée” — this means that the creators of the drink did a good job.
Note! Currently, wine that does not have flaws, called rounded. It is believed that their taste is smooth, as round line.
The cost of a drink
Annually produce half a million of the brand “Krug”. Currently, to buy a “Round” in Moscow where there is a network of “Wine Festival”. She presents it in the two stores. The price of gift wrapping “Krug Grande Cuvée” starts from 19 359 rubles. The cost of pink champagne is 37 763 ruble. Collection “Round Wooden box” consists of 24 500 rubles. We must remember that this is the price of 0.75 L.
The high cost of champagne is justified by its unusual aroma, harmonious taste and other positive qualities. The drink goes well with both simple and refined dishes, except, perhaps, super sour or sweet. There’s just champagne and have a “Circle”!
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