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.