Krug 1988 vintage champagne in gift box

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1988 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

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One bottle of possibly the best vintage Krug has ever made, 1988.  Bottle has been stored in excellent conditions and comes in original giftbox. 

Tasting note:

 I can’t help but notice the Krug bottle shape. Pop and pour, very oxidative impression but not madeirized in anyways. A hint of Vin Jaune, brioche, smoke and tarte tatin. The overall impression seems a bit advanced. Quite full palate, warm and round, ripe sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, fine mousse, strong presence of mineral, bright acidity and lovely long finish. It improves dramatically with air becoming more delicate and fresher. With two hours of air, complex and beguiling nose displaying sweeter yet fresher and more delicate yellow fruits, apricot, orange peel, lanoline, brioche, smoke, honey and sweet spices. The palate becomes incredibly silky and polished. The best is the last drop! I highly recommend giving an hour or two of air. This is a great example of fully mature Krug that needs a lot of air. It starts around 93 and gets up all the way to 98pts" 98 points CellarTracker 2015


One of the most famous names in the world of wine, Krug are a small house making some of the most profound and ageable Champagnes of all. It’s quite hard to write about producers such as Krug: what more can be said than has already been said? And it’s surely not newsworthy that they’re making great fizz! But for the sake of the record, here’s my report based on a recent tasting, with some older notes on previous vintages added at the end.

A distinctive feature of the winemaking at Krug is the use of small (205 litre) barrels to ferment all base wines. These are old casks that are neutral and don’t impart any oaky flavour to the wine; instead, they allow a slow, controlled exposure to oxygen that helps add complexity to the wines.

Krug specialize only in premium Champagnes. Their most important wine is the Grande Cuvée, a non-vintage blend of real complexity and finesse that they prefer to talk of as a ‘multivintage’ wine. This is because it has up to 50% reserve wines in the blend, a very high proportion. As well as owning 20 hectares of its own vineyards, in Aÿ, Le Mesnil and Trépail, Krug source grapes from around 30 different crus. Almost all the vineyards sources are classified Grand Cru.

As well as the amazingly good Vintage cuvee, released only in very good years, Krug make a rosé (introduced in 1983) and two small production single-vineyard Champagnes which are among the most expensive wines in the world.

The first is Clos du Mesnil, a Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) from an enclosed 2 hectare vineyard purchased in 1971. It took a while to replant the vineyard and get it up to scratch, and the first release wasn’t until 1986, of the 1979 vintage. [This tasting was my first chance to try a Clos du Mesnil – they’re rare and seriously expensive.]

The second is Clos du Ambonnay, which is from a small Pinot Noir vineyard of 0.7 hectares, acquired in the mid-1990s. The first release of this was the 1995, in 2008. I’ve never tried it: it’s even more rare and expensive that the Clos du Mesnil.

Producent Krug
Jaar 1988
Appellation Champagne
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Perfect in gift box
Waardering Nee