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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 409001

Received its cork
Autumn 2009
Blend
Pinot noir 37% Chardonnay 47% Meunier 16%
The oldest wine
1998
The youngest wine
1998
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Portrait of Eric Lebel
This bottle spent at least 11 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in autumn 2009. Composed of a selection of the year's most characterful wines, Krug 1998 is the expression of the year 1998 revealed by Krug.

In 1998, the classic contrasts so often seen in Champagne were played out to extremes. We watched as the mercury crept up to a sweltering 39°C in August, before breaking with heavy rains. We carefully followed the progress of each plot, waiting to see how they might be affected. But then September, in its habitual benevolence, brought exceptionally dry and mild conditions and we started the harvest at the end of the month with complete peace of mind.

When the time came to taste the wines of the year, the Chardonnays from certain plots in Trépail and the Côte des Blancs area immediately emerged as stars for their lustrous vibrancy and dynamic character. To this was added the characteristic structure of the Pinot Noirs from plots in the southern Montagne de Reims region, providing one key to Krug 1998's ageing potential. The final touch of freshness came from the Meuniers, mainly selected from plots in Leuvrigny on the south side of the Marne Valley, less exposed to August's hot sun.

The predominance of Chardonnay in the blend is a rarity in the history of the House of Krug, with just one other Vintage sharing this quality - that of 1981. Krug 1998 associates roundness and warmth, precision and freshness, expressing the essence of a quintessentially contrasted year.

The final composition of this bottle of Krug 1998 is 37% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay and 16% 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 1998 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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