Sotheby’s is holding a sale of ‘Finest and Rarest Wine Featuring Treasures Direct from the House of Krug’ on 1 December 2012 in New York. This selection of Champagnes has never previously left Krug’s cellars in Reims where all the wines have been stored since production, and is the largest auction offering direct from Krug since it was founded in 1843. The sale spans nearly 40 years of Krug with Champagne from legendary vintages such as 1961, 1979 and 1982.
Among the highlights from the sale are four unique wines never before released by Krug. These are four examples of the Krug Grande Cuvée: Finesse, Savoir-Faire, Richesse, and Mémoire. These wines have remained in the cellars at Krug, post disgorgement and have only been available during private tastings at Krug’s cellar in Reims. Also not to be missed is an extremely rare case of 1990 Krug Clos du Mesnil, expected to fetch $18,000-25,000. Overall the Krug lots in the sale are estimated to fetch $350/500,000.
Serena Sutcliffe MW, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine Department said: “Krug is the Rolls Royce of all champagnes and we are honoured to bring to auction this remarkable library of their finest wines and vintages. The depth and profundity of Krug are legendary and this is an unsurpassed opportunity to enter this cellar of treasures and acquire rarities of perfect composition and maturity. Krug Champagnes possess extraordinary intensity and class, the result of noble vineyards, unique cellar methods and brilliant blending, honed by long experience. We are the beneficiaries of such great art.”
Olivier Krug, Director of Krug said: “It has been a fascinating experience for all of us to prepare this sale with Sotheby’s and especially with Serena who came with her memory and own anecdotes, from the secrets leading to the recreation of Krug Grande Cuvée, to the discovery of the oldest vintages, from the unconventional decision that led to the release of Krug 1989 before Krug 1988, to the day when we first opened the gates of our two Clos, not to mention our first encounter in Japan in the early ‘90s or even her dance with my grandfather Paul.”
The sale will include over 530 bottles of Krug in bottle sizes ranging from 750ml bottles to 3 liter Jeroboams including: Krug Grande Cuvée, Krug Vintage, Krug Clos du Mesnil, Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and Krug Collection.