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KRUG Masterclass with Margareth Henriquez

Margareth Henriquez
CEO & President
Krug

Langton’s hosted Margareth Henriquez, Krug CEO and President, at the Sydney Opera House for an exploration of what makes Krug so enduringly special.

Margareth Henriquez CEO & President of Krug

Margareth Henriquez CEO & President of Krug

Langton’s hosted Margareth Henriquez, Krug CEO and President, at the Sydney Opera House for an exploration of what makes Krug so enduringly special.

We expected an elegant evening of exquisite Champagne and insights into the house of Krug. We had all of that and more – Margareth, or Maggie as we know her now, was simply inspirational.

We listened as Maggie answered questions from Tamara Grischy Langton’s Head of Auctions, spoke about Krug and shared the philosophy of the house with us, set down in ink by the founder, Joseph Krug. His principles were few but explicit, the first of which was simply:

To make great champagne you must first make great wine. - Joseph Krug

Margareth Henriquez and Tamara Grischy Langton’s Head of Auctions

Margareth Henriquez & Tamara Grischy Langton’s Head of Auctions

The original writing of this principles was recently rediscovered after a century of hiding in the family archives. Finding this document vindicated Maggie’s 20-year conviction that we should not use flutes to drink Champagne. This formerly controversial belief is now de rigueur in restaurants and the reason is simple: the flute is good for the mousse but it hides the aromas. As Krug is first a wine before it is a Champagne, this stands to reason. Maggie also drew laughter from the crowd by suggesting our old flutes would make suitable small vases. According to Maggie, drinking a glass of Krug from a flute is like going to a concert with wearing earplugs. Time to get new glassware it seems.

Maggie’s Q&A session with Tamara was insightful and inspiring with two of Maggie’s answers stood out on the night. The first of which was in response to Tamra’s question about the advice Maggie would give to her younger self. She said the following:

If you ask for permission you delegate responsibility. - Margareth Henriquez

The ovation that followed was instant and sustained. To get this advice from a leader in the wine industry, someone who has turned around the fortunes of a great Champagne house in the luxury market, was truly inspirational.

Tamara also asked Maggie about the most unusual yet successful food pairing she has found with Krug. As someone who has travelled the world and knows the wine as intimately as she does, Maggie was able to offer a surprising answer. She recounted a time, when travelling to Spain, she requested that her hosts not pair Krug Rosé with dessert, that the wine needs something more powerful and substantial. And if it must be dessert, at least, let it be salty. Her hosts heard just two words: powerful and salty. When Maggie arrived, they had paired the Rosé with anchovies. And it worked! “Of course,” she qualified. “they must be quality anchovies!”

Of course, they must be quality anchovies! - Margareth Henriquez

Krug Masterclass at the Sydney Opera House

Krug Masterclass at the Sydney Opera House

Our guests at the Sydney Opera House gasped at this pairing. The surprise of such a shock in the audience caused a ripple of laughter to follow, and a few blushes.

The evening was truly special. The setting, the wine, our guest of honour and, of course, the company. It was a chance for some of our Wine Brokers to catch up with clients and enjoy a few glasses of Krug.

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