BREAKING: Henri Krug, 1938-2013

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-12-2013

Photo courtesy of The Legend.

Some sad news out of France. L’Union, the daily paper out of Champagne (based in Reims), is reporting that Henri Krug passed away last Thursday. He was 75.

The Krug Champagne house traces its roots to 1843, when Johann-Joseph Krug, a German immigrant, founded the négociant-manipulateur in Reims. Over the next 160 years, each successive generation remained deeply involved in the family business, with Henri and his brother Rémi taking over in the early 1960s.

Henri and his brother were always known for their interesting dynamic — In Bacchus and Me, Jay McInerney described the two brothers as “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, respectively.”

“[While] Henri has the serene demeanor of a monk and a wry sense of humor,” wrote McInerney, “his urbane younger brother, Rémi, Krug’s public ambassador, displays the passionate intensity of a born marketing man.”

Despite his quiet demeanor, Henri was a force in the wine industry. And he remained deeply involved with the winemaking at Krug long after its 1999 acquisition by LMVH and his 2002 retirement. (For a glimpse into Henri’s personality, check out his 2003 interview with Decanter.)

Our thoughts go out to everyone in Champagne.

Comments (1)

  1. This is sad news.
    I had the great honor to work with and learn from Henri Krug when we took on the sales & marketing of Champagne Krug at Clicquot, Inc.
    Many of us were seasoned champagne veterans and spent a great deal of time with Jacques Péters, legendary cellar master at VCP, but Henri Krug opened our eyes to new ways of tasting champagne. He carried an incredible knowledge & mastery that was a direct link through all the generations of Krugs. He was a quiet and powerful force, not unlike Krug Grand Cuvee of which he was most proud.
    My thoughts and sympathies to all of the Krug family.

    Mark L. Nevin