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DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BOTTLES
Krug 1988
PERFECT BALANCE

KRUG 1988 IS AN EXQUISITE CHAMPAGNE OF EXTREME ELEGANCE AND REFINEMENT. IT IS THE STORY OF A YEAR WITHOUT EXCESSES THAT CREATED THE CONDITIONS FOR A SLOW MATURATION RESULTING IN A PERFECT BALANCE OF FRESHNESS AND FRUIT. KRUG 1988 WILL TAKE A WHILE TO EMERGE AS A KRUG COLLECTION AND WILL BE ALWAYS A TIMELESS IMPRESSIVE CHAMPAGNE. KRUG 1988 IS A TREASURE TROVE OF EMBLEMATIC SAVOIR-FAIRE FROM THE HOUSE OF KRUG.

KRUG iD 405001

Received its cork
Autumn 2005
Blend
Pinot noir 50% Chardonnay 32% Meunier 18%
The oldest wine
1988
The youngest wine
1988
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Portrait of Eric Lebel
This bottle spent at least 17 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in autumn 2005. Composed of a selection of the year's most characterful wines, Krug 1988 is the expression of the year 1988 revealed by Krug.

Alternating periods of warmth and rain throughout the growing season and a mild summer with cool nights right up to the harvest in late September granted the ideal conditions for slow grape maturation in 1988. The harvest that year provided grapes with an exceptional balance of freshness and maturity that, when pressed, held a promise of remarkable purity.

After almost 20 years resting in Krug's cellars, Krug 1988's initial timidity is transformed. Time's precious influence has brought out all this Champagne's beauty, revealing an exquisite combination of freshness and fruit, elegance and purity, with a crystalline finish that lingers on the palate. In time, Krug 1988 may well emerge as a Krug Collection and will always be a timelessly impressive Champagne.

The final composition of this bottle of Krug 1988 is 50% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 18% Meunier.

At the House of Krug every Vintage is crafted to be different, celebrating the distinct character of a particular year. It is as if Krug 1988 were the music of the year, captured by Krug.
Eric Lebel

Tasting notes

Upright structure and the solid acidity not found in particularly hot years, Krug 1988 reveals sharp purity. In the mouth, it is full of sensations: orange blossom, dry figs, ripe quince, and mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger. With a crystal finish and lingering palate, Krug 1988 is a treasure trove of emblematic savoir-faire from the House of Krug.

Storing & serving

  • Krug 1998 | 1
    The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F - 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
  • Krug 1998 | 2
    Krug has created The Joseph, a unique crystal glass whose shape enables the bubbles to reach their optimal expression and allows the discovery of the incredible bouquet of aromas.
  • Krug 1998 | 3
    If you do not have The Joseph glass, you may prefer a white Burgundy glass to a flute, to enable the expression of Krug Champagne’s flavors and aromas.
  • Krug 1998 | 4
    As a Prestige Cuvée, Krug Champagnes age beautifully, the time revealing their richness and elegance.
  • Krug 1998 | 5
    Your Champagne should be stored in a wine cellar, or in a cool (between 10 to 15 °C - 50 to 59 °F) dry and away from light place, the exact conditions of Krug cellars.

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