When Champagne Is A Muse

December 29.2022


Ryuichi Sakamoto, a Grammy and Oscar-winning composer, collaborated with Krug Champagne to create a symphony inspired by champagne.



Ryuichi Sakamoto recording


When Sakamoto met Krug in 2019, he tasted the house’s prized champagne for 18 months and even traveled to Reims to record the sounds of Krug caves. Then Sakamoto composed “Suite for Krug in 2008,” a three-part symphony inspired by three of the house’s 2008 vintages: The Krug Clos du Mesnil 2008, the Krug 2008, and the Krug Grande Cuvée 164th Edition.





The first movement, a solo, is inspired by the purity of Krug Clos du Mesnil 2008, a single grape variety sourced from a single parcel. The second, which features a string ensemble harkens back to Krug 2008. The final movement, performed by a full orchestra, captures the scope of Krug Grande Cuvée 164th Edition.



Ryuichi Sakamoto conducting


Krug has long advocated music pairings to complement its Champagnes and has frequently brought composers, musicians, and sound artists together, including musician Ozark Henry, violinist Iwao Furusawa, and composer and pianist Kris Bowers, among others. Sakamoto’s symphony is the latest in the series, and it’s wonderful to listen to whether you’re drinking champagne or just relaxing at home.

Listen to “Suite for Krug in 2008,”  HERE


Picture Courtesy Krug – Ryuichi Sakamoto





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