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Krug 1998
L’EXPRESSION DE L’ANNEE 1998, UN HOMMAGE AU CHARDONNAY

Krug 1998 étonne par sa pureté, sa précision, son élégance et sa longueur en bouche. Quatrième et dernier Krug Millésime des années 1990 (après 90, 95 et 96), il est le second de tous les Krug Millésime où domine le chardonnay. Le premier date de 1981.

le Krug iD 409001

Received its cork
Autumn 2009
Blend
PN(37%), CH(47%), M(16%)
The oldest wine
1998
The youngest wine
1998
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Eric Lebel Grape Vine Corporation
This very rare bottle of Krug 1998 is one of the 435 bottles kept in the House of Krug, after this Krug Vintage was released, until 2015.  This bottle received its cork in autumn 2009 and leaves the House after resting over 16 years in the Krug cellars gaining in complexity and refinement.

Krug 1998 was created and crafted to be different, to be the full expression of the year 1998. A year with character, a year with a special story to tell in a way that Krug alone can relate. Krug 1998 is the story of this year captured by Krug; there are as many stories as there are Krug Vintages.  Krug decided to create a vintage for this year, the last Krug Vintage of the 1990s, as a tribute to the beautiful Chardonnay grapes of the year’s harvest. The Krug Vintage is nicknamed hommage à Chardonnay – tribute to Chardonnay, and a Krug Vintage with a predominance of Chardonnay is an absolute rarity for the House, making this story even more special and unique. This very special bottle of Krug 1998 belongs to the very few bottles of Krug Vintage kept in Krug’s cellar to follow their evolution and in a very exceptional way, are presented to the markets later.

The weather in 1998 was somehow classic, very contrasted as it often is in Champagne; we also had a particularly hot August, breaking a record set in 1962. We watched nervously as days where the temperature crept up to 39°C started to grill the leaves in the vineyard, creating damage of between 5 to 10% of the potential harvest. Then at the end of the month, heavy rains caused more consternation as to how this would affect the grapes, so it was with relief that by early September dry, mild weather cheered everyone up. Perfect conditions for harvesting (between September 18th and October 1st), and despite sharp climatic contrasts, 1998 will be remembered as a year of quantity as well as high quality grapes.

First tastings immediately showed wines had been affected by the extremely hot August. The challenge was to capture the circumstance of the year in our blend while looking for the necessary ageing potential. This is where the Chardonnays of the year, especially those from the beginning of the harvest, from the Côte des Blancs and also those from our vineyards in Trépail played a key role in calming the opulence of the other wines of the year by re-injecting the necessary dynamism to guarantee good ageing potential. By the time we completed our blending proposition to tell this story of 1998, it was clear the Chardonnays were shining stars (47%). Almost all the Pinot Noirs (37%) were selected from the southern Mountain of Reims, which explains the solid foundation of Krug 1998, and finally the Meuniers (16%), mainly selected from the left side of the Marne Valley, Leuvrigny, less sunny than the right side gave the final touch and unique freshness. 

This was my first vintage at the House of Krug and I remember when the blend was proposed by Mr Henri Krug, I made all the calculations, and after reading so many documents at the house I knew Krug Champagnes were always driven mainly by Pinot Noirs. So when I commented on this predominance of Chardonnay, Henri Krug quickly responded by saying that in a year where the winners were the Chardonnays, the story should be a tribute to that winner. It was only the second time the house had written such a similar story, the first being back in 1981.

For the tasting committee, Krug 1998 shares the round and warm characteristics of 1989 as well as the extreme elegance and freshness of Krug 1988. Krug 1998 is a story of astonishing purity, precision, elegance and a very long finish.
Eric Lebel

Notes de dégustation

Visuellement, une intense couleur or pâle qui annonce un contraste unique entre fraîcheur et maturité.

Krug 1998 dévoile d'intenses arômes de pain, de noisettes, de fruits secs, de zeste d’orange caramélisé, puis de chocolat lorsqu’il se réchauffe, et finalement de poivre et de pain d’épice, avec une texture moelleuse et crémeuse. 

conservation & service

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    Nous vous conseillons de servir les Champagnes Krug à une température entre 9 et 12°C pour révéler pleinement leur richesse. Servir votre bouteille trop fraîche empêcherait l'expression des arômes.
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    Krug a créé le Joseph, un verre en cristal unique dont la forme magnifie le riche bouquet d'arômes du Champagne Krug et permet aux bulles de s'exprimer pleinement.
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    Si vous ne disposez pas d'un verre Joseph, vous pouvez opter pour un verre à vin blanc ou à Bourgogne plutôt qu'une flûte, pour permettre au Champagne Krug de libérer pleinement ses saveurs et ses arômes.
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    La Maison Krug ne crée que des Cuvées de Prestige, ce qui confère à ses Champagnes l'art de traverser les années avec richesse et élégance.
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    Votre champagne doit être conservé dans une cave à vin, ou dans un endroit frais et sec (entre 10 et 15°C), éloigné d'une source lumineuse, ce qui représente les conditions les plus proches de celles de nos caves.

Accords mets & vin

Notations

Déjà au summum lors des dernières dégustations, il continue pourtant sa progression avec des notes de résine naissante, de bois de rose tout en gardant sa belle palette de fruits secs, de brioche et d'orange. Sa bouche se complexifie encore avec plus de maturité et de plénitude tout en restant joyeuse et précise. Sublime, vraiment sublime.

Gault & Millau 2014
Note: 19/20
Musique Expérience
Khatia Buniatishvili
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Comme les accords mets/vins, différent styles musicaux peuvent accompagner les Champagnes Krug. La Maison s'associe à des musiciens pour interpréter ses Champagnes. Chaque artiste pour mettre en exergue une nouvelle expérience de dégustation, a choisi une sélection de pistes musicales. Par exemple le Champagne Krug 1998 se marie parfaitement à des musiques vives, rythmées par un swing et des mélodies fugaces.