It’s a rare treat to take a step back in time with Marc Krier on an estate that has kept so many souvenirs from its past. Bills for its first wooden foudres and photos charting the history of both the region and the estate offer a truly nostalgic look back at days gone by!
On climbing the stairs and entering the tasting room, a cursory glance is sufficient to appreciate the respect Caves Krier Frères has for its past. There’s clearly been no attempt to make it look like a high-tech nerve centre. With a smile, Marc Krier admits: “besides the curtains, the room has not changed since it was built in 1982!”
On the wall, old photos dating back over a century pay tribute to the founding fathers four generations back. Austere black and white shots of the family all looking very serious and scenes of working life show that the estate is part of a long tradition dating back to a time before banks became Luxembourg’s chief source of wealth.
Very close at hand in a cabinet just opposite his desk, Krier keeps a collection of photo albums charting the winery’s history virtually all the way back to its origins (1914). It’s a real treasure trove. Here are scenes of Remich town centre with the castle still towering over it, and the old border bridge with its stone arches spanning a Moselle without any locks, teeming with flat-bottomed barges loaded with goods. It’s quite simply another era, which just goes to show how much things have modernised in the short space of a century. It’s incredible when you think about it.
Caves Krier Frères is not purely driven by nostalgia though – the winery is able to combine its past with a firm grounding in the present. This autumn, it created a buzz by scooping two gold medals at the Concours des Crémants de France et du Luxembourg for its Cunibert Brut cuvée and its outstanding Pinot Noir rosé crémant (which also won the Prix de la Presse). Although the boss, Marc Krier, is obviously very pleased with these results, he is not entirely surprised by them, as his crémants regularly win these types of awards. These are achievements that cannot simply be chalked up to history.