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Krug 1998
A Tribute to Chardonnay

Krug 1998 offers astonishing purity, precision, elegance and a very long finish. For Krug, a focus on Chardonnay for Krug’s 1998 vintage was an obvious choice due to the outstanding personality of Chardonnay grapes of that year. This vintage is known as our Hommage au Chardonnay as it is only the second Krug vintage, after 1981, where Chardonnay dominates.

KRUG iD 413065

Received its cork
Autumn 2013
Pinot noir 37% Chardonnay 47% Meunier 16%
The oldest wine
The youngest wine
Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug
Eric Lebel Grape Vine Corporation
This jeroboam spent at least 15 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in Autumn 2013. Composed of a selection of the year's most characterful wines, Krug 1998 is the expression of the year 1998 revealed by Krug.

As it is a jeroboam, we let it rest for even longer, waiting until the Champagne is ready to be enjoyed.

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

Deep light golden colour announcing this unique contrast between freshness and maturity.

Expressive aromas of bread, hazelnuts, dried fruit, caramelised orange peel, then cocoa as it warms up, and finally pepper and gingerbread.

Flavours of crystallised citrus fruits, caramelised orange peel, dried fruits, pepper and gingerbread, with a soft, creamy texture.

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.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 6
    The House of Krug’s unique craftsmanship is based on our understanding every plot through its individual wine. After several tastings by the tasting committee, a thorough assessment of each plot’s wine is achieved. In order to reveal the individual essence of every Krug Champagne, the most expressive wines are selected to play in each composition accordingly.
    No strong filtering or cold treatment is applied to any of our wines before bottling, thereby keeping a non-interventionist approach to the creation of every Krug Champagne, from vineyards to glass. As a result of this choice, while enjoying Krug, you may occasionally notice at the bottom of the last glass a few wine diamonds – harmless tartrate crystals which can form naturally while bottles are resting or being chilled. These are also known as quality crystals and we at the House of Krug felt it was important to share with you this further evidence of our commitment to preserving the most natural approach to the creation of all Krug Champagnes.

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Food pairing


"This harmonious Champagne offers luxurious texture and powerful, focused acidity, showing aromatic accents of spring blossom, crushed thyme and chai, with rich notes of lemon meringue, hazelnut, black currant and fresh porcini mushroom. The full package. Impressive." –AN

Wine Spectator 2012
Note: 98/100
Music pairing by Khatia Buniatishvili
Khatia Buniatishvili
Music Experience Artist Khatia Buniatishvili

I am not a professional, so it is hard for me to describe the different Krug Champagnes with the right words and precision – but I can feel them. Once I had explored the House of Krug and had the fascinating process of creating Krug Champagnes explained to me, I had the confidence to imagine their music and the ideal way to enjoy them with music I love.

You don’t need to be a professional to appreciate a great piece of music or love a painting; in the same way with tasting Krug Champagnes, I can express through music, my feelings and instincts, what moves me and what I feel. The emotions, pleasure and feeling of enjoying Krug Champagne is a wonderful experience open to anyone…

Khatia Buniatishvili
  • Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait

    Khatia Buniatishvili - Beethoven - 7th Symphony / Allegretto

    Khatia Buniatishvili - Beethoven - 7th Symphony / Allegretto

    Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic - Khatia Buniatishvili

    Selected by
    Khatia Bunitiasvili

  • Artist Keziah Jones Artist Keziah Jones

    Keziah Jones - Lady Day And John Coltrane

    Keziah Jones - Lady Day And John Coltrane

    Gil Scott Heron

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    Keziah Jones