Olivier Krug, sixth-generation member of the champagne-making family, is opening the doors of his childhood home in Reims for a dazzling five-course dinner for six – just one lot in How To Spend It’s charity auction. Pre-dinner, the winning bidder and guests will spend an afternoon at Maison Krug, welcomed with a tasting of Krug Grande Cuvée, the “first among equals” in Krug’s prestige portfolio – a complex assemblage of 120 or more wines, comprising of at least 10 vintages and all three champagne grape varieties, then aged for seven years. They will then be taken to visit the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay vineyard, followed by a tour of the private cellars – not usually open to the public. Post-dinner, the diners will be given one bottle of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998, signed by Olivier Krug, a champagne with a hedonistic palate of red fruits, nougat and umami richness. Retailing for around £1,800, it is the latest addition to Krug’s all-star cast of luxe champagnes and is only the third vintage of this rare, sublime Blanc de Noirs to be released.
How To Spend It is auctioning this experience in aid of Save the Children in an online sale hosted by Christie’s – now live and ending on Thursday December 11. Bidding starts from £5,500 at www.christies.com/htsi. For more information, visit our How To Give It page.