MAKING SENSE OF PAIRINGS
Olivier Krug, sixth generation of the family and director of the House of Krug, reinforces the link between Champagne and sound, over the launch of the 2006 vintage and Grande Cuvée 167.
Krug is the richest music in Champagne. We’ve followed recent research that shows how hearing can change the tasting experience.
Each individual plot and its wine is considered a fine musician, contributing its own character and vitality to the final blends. To create a good Champagne every year, we must have good musicians.
The vintage 2006 is themed ‘capricious indulgence’ – we were expecting catastrophe, but the winds turned north and the rain dried out. You get the richness from heat and generosity from water.
Close your eyes to tune out one of your senses, to allow your sense of sound and taste to focus more.
For vintage 2006, we chose the pianist Kris Bowers (of movie Green Book fame) to compose a few special pieces for us. The Krug Grande Cuvée 167 is a blend of around 190 instruments (wines) from 12 years or more, and is exceptionally fresh with rich and tangy grapefruit. I am a huge fan of the immersive sounds of Ozark Henry with Grand Cuvée.
Krug is available from fine retailers including The Oaks Cellar
Best Sommelier in Ireland and co-creator of Exsto Cognac, Julie Dupouy explains how she relies on scent while tasting and blending.
I can’t work when I can’t smell. You can tell a lot more from the nose of a wine or Cognac than from sight. I loved smelling things when growing up in Toulouse, and wanted to work in the perfume industry.
To be a better taster, I make my own deodorant and don’t own any perfume. I use a natural toothpaste, Weleda Salt, which doesn’t have any taste.
When I was working on Exsto, nosing was my most important sense. I was given blind samples of eaux-de-vie from Cognac and wanted to choose a style that had elegance and a fingerprint, something special.
For the Exsto Elixir blend, we used less than 10 eaux-de-vie that are between 10 and 35 years old with just a hint of oak influence to allow the spirit to shine.
For the Or Imperial blend, of which only 888 bottles were made, the eaux-de-vie with an average age of 60 were so specific, they called out to me.
Today, we are losing not only our sense of smell but the ability to feed ourselves properly, as our food is being contaminated by chemicals.
Exsto is distributed by Tai Thong Wine and Spirits