Krug includes rosé in ‘Édition’

Champagne house Krug has extended its Édition concept for its Grande Cuvée range to include rosé for the first time, with the Krug Rosé ’21ème Édition’ the latest release.

Rosé was only added to Krug’s range in 1976 (which was released in 1983). This new release is based around the 2008 vintage but includes reserve wines from vintages dating back to 2000.

Krug introduced the concept of numbered cuvées last year, starting with the 163rd Edition, marking the 163rd release of the multi-vintage expression since the foundation of Maison Krug in 1843.

Speaking of the 2008 vintage and the final wine, cellar master Eric Lebel said: “The year’s Chardonnay wines revealed an unusual suppleness and expression of fruit, while the Pinot Noirs were characterful and bold, with a lively finish.

“As feared, the hailstorm [in Sainte-Gemme] did indeed leave its mark on the Meuniers. Fortunately, Krug’s extensive library of reserve wines held a number Meuniers from different years – a selection of which lent their vibrant notes of fruit and tension to the blend.

“Pinot Noirs from plots in Ambonnay, Mareuil-sur-Ay and Ay enhanced its body and expression with their intense fruit character. Finally, a red wine from the House’s plot in Ay imparted an enchanting colour, length and spiciness. This fusion promised to reveal the elegance and verve so characteristic of every Édition of Krug Rosé.”

The final blend for the rosé is 51% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay and 8% Meunier and it is out now with an RRP of £230.

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