1988 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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1988 Krug - Brut Vintage
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International Wine Cellar | 96(+?)

($220; note reprinted from Issue 93) Ineffable yeast autolysis aromas (biscuit, meal, nuts) virtually resist characterization; reminded me of a great Chevalier-Montrachet. A wine of extraordinary depth of flavor, vinosity and class, thanks to penetrating but perfectly harmonious, lipsmacking acidity. Quite dry but with wonderfully ripe fruit. Very firm and youthful on the finish, but already displays explosive flavor. A great vintage for Krug. (Clicquot Inc., New York, NY)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 99

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Jancis Robinson | 19.5

Opening out on the nose now - no longer the austere, slightly green aromas it once had. Something between blossom and mushrooms. Very Chardonnay. Rapier-like, marked acidity and very crystalline. Very persistent. RK cited the examples of the 1981 and 1982 vintages and 1961 and 1962 as being other examples of sequential and very different vintages like 1988 and 1989. Delayed 3 years release ~ '69. No longer available as this wine is now being aged for release as part of the Krug Collection.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

Opulent hazelnut, brioche and apple strudel aromas on the nose with a faint whiff of chalk dust. The palate is restrained and notably taut for Krug with high acidity and tightly wound roasted nut, stone fruit and toasted croissant flavours. Fine, frisky bubbles and a long praline finish. Tasted January 2009.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: 0509

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Richard Juhlin | 97

It's that time again! How do they do it? Together with Remi Krug I first tasted this '88 beside the unbelievably good '89 and could hardly believe my taste buds when they sent the message that the '88 was even better. At Krug they themselves compare the wine with the '81, the '55, and the '61. Personally, I compare it to the '66 and the ultra elegant '79. The finesse is unbeatable and the acidity very noticeable. This is a wine that is going to be enjoyed by our grandchildren. Most people probably discourage immediate consumption of this young wine, but I am of a different opinion. I believe that a little bit of the subtle feeling of "tears of joy" disappears when the wine matures. I hope this explains the unusually stingy point differential between today's points and the potential maximum rating.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | 98

A superb Champagne and still youthful. Honey, ginger, lemon confit, coffee and mineral aromas and flavors come to mind, all kept focused by a firm, tightly wound structure. The finish is where its pedigree shines through, lingering like warm gingerbread and coffee.

Drink Dates: 2003-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Score: 95
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/24/2014
Score: 97
Author: dimman
Tasted On: 04/26/2012
Score: 91
Author: hedben
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/31/2010
Drink Dates: 2010
Fine. The 88s should be drunk now unless you like the *British* style of very old cahmpagne almost like whites. Oxidised and quickly loosing bubbles. I missed the freshness but a very stable wine,even if I don't like the oxidised style.
Score: 95
Author: Benjamin H550
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/01/2010
Big champagne, still plenty of acidity and freshness. Alot going on here.
Score: 90
Author: cinnamon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/26/2010
Drink Dates: 2020-2040
This had very high expectations... and did not really deliver... The nose is absolutely wonderful, complex, tropical fruits, mature. Palate felt way too young with the acidity dominating the impression, but very packed with action. I'm sure this wine will be much better someday, as there is so much going on here, but please let it rest two more decades!
More Vintages and Sizes of Krug - Brut Vintage:

1996 (750ml)

About This Producer


Krug Champagnes are famous for their rich, nutty, elegant and extremely food-friendly nature. Founded in 1843 by German immigrant Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has since been run by many generations of the Krug family, and the general style of the champagne has evolved along with that progression. Depending on the blend, a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is used, and fermentation takes place in small French oak barriques. Aging can run anywhere from five to seven years on lees, and in the case of the Collection series, as much as fifteen to twenty years.

Krug's most prestigious wine is its vintage Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) from the grand cru vineyard site Clos du Mesnil.

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