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1988 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml
1988 Krug - Brut Vintage
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1988 Krug - Brut Vintage
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 99

($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)

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown Issue: 0509

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.

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Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin Issue: Issue 1

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

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.

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Community Reviews


Edward C731 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 03/24/2014


dimman Tasted On: 04/26/2012


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.


Benjamin H550 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 08/01/2010

Big champagne, still plenty of acidity and freshness. Alot going on here.


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!

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