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    Il y a 28 jours - Par Krug

    The dates on which the different sections that make up this plot are picked and pressed vary from year to year. At Krug, it is taste and taste alone that governs any winemaking decision so the right time to start is decided just a few days before by the House's Tasting Committee during the “tasting of the berries”.
    For 2017, the flavours foretold the relatively early date of 25th August for a particular section of the plot. So it is here that the story truly starts.
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    Il y a 28 jours - Par Krug

    Picture an early morning in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the heart of the Champagne's Côte des Blancs region. Its centre is a hive of activity as the vendangeurs gather at the Clos du Mesnil: the harvest has begun at Krug.
    Overseen by Eric Lebel and other members of the winemaking team, the pickers receive their orders. As with many things at Krug, precision is key - five different levels of bunch quality are identified and the pickers are only to select the very best. Next, they learn which specific rows to harvest. At the Clos du Mesnil, Krug takes its plot-by-plot approach to the highest...
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    Il y a 28 jours - Par Krug

    With the picking complete, now comes the turn of the presseurs. They load up the press, taking care not to crush its precious cargo, and gently lower the screw. This is a moment of great pressure, but not for the grapes since only the gentlest of forces must be exerted - the same is if each on were being squeezed between finger and thumb.
    The first juice starts flow into a tank below. This is what is known as the cuvée, the very first drop from each grape - the only juice that, once it has naturally clarified, will be barrelled and begin its journey towards becoming a wine at Krug.
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