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1990 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml
1990 Krug - Brut Vintage
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1990 Krug - Brut Vintage
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Professional Reviews

IWC
97(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 117

($205) Full copper-gold color. Initially restrained, brooding nose exploded with aeration, showing apple, orange, apricot, honey, iodine, smoke, hazelnut, macadamia and a suggestion of dry oloroso sherry. Dense, full, chewy and rich; an extraordinarily solid Champagne with an intriguing suggestion of Calvados. Broadens toward the back and goes on and on on the echoing aftertaste, with rich, mellow notes of toffee, brown butter and marrow. Like the '92 Clos du Mesnil, this displays its powerful underlying acidity with aeration (Krug's wines never go through malolactic fermentation) and should be long-lived. (Clicquot Inc., New York NY)

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JR
18

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

A particularly fresh example of this wine but still very full bodied and expansive.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 162

At its finest, the 1990 Vintage is superb, revealing a slightly oxidized style, but a full-bodied, rustic, rich personality with the body of a red wine, but loads of character. I cannot recommend the 1989 Vintage as three bottles tasted were all oxidized, possibly from bad storage, but who knows?

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RJ
96

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

I don't know how many years I've waited to try this much-talked-about wine. Now, at the age of fourteen years, Krug finally feels the 1990 is ready to meet the public. You don't have to be an Einstein to figure out that the vintage and the house's character would marry in perfect fashion. The wine is already monumental, with a style that lies somewhere between the acidly classic '88 and the generous, honey-tasting '89. To be honest, the acidity is high, but the fruit is so rich that the acidity is beautifully enveloped. Warmly toasted, almost burned, smoky aromas are present, together with notes of orchids, vanilla, and dried fruit—making one think of an older Krug of warmer years. It will probably take another seven or eight years before the wine has really reached its peak, but in December 2007 greatness and generosity had already made their appearance.

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WS
98

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A profound wine of great depth and complexity. Its detailed flavors range from citrus and ginger to whole grain bread and woodsy richness, with accents of honey and nuts. Retains its focus thanks to a vibrant structure, all the time carrying its weight with authority and grace. Fine, smoky finish. 1,500 cases imported.

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Community Reviews

96

dimman Tasted On: 01/05/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2030

97

Charles Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 07/25/2009 Drink Dates: 2009-2024

Full bodied, rich and toasty. It had aromas of dried apricot, smoke, orange, some minerals and a hint of toffee. This champagne is well balanced and smooth. It is deliciously elegant for its denseness. I personally prefer the 1988 of the three back to back years (88,89,90), but this is almost too close to call. Seems like this one could go for another 15 years.

96

JMC22 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 07/29/2009 Drink Dates: 2006-2020

Awesome wine. Slightly oxidized and very flavorful. Green apple, pear, orange peel, lychee, honeysuckle on the nose. Full and luscious on the palate with enough acid to carry it.

95

winefolio Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 03/04/2009

97

Reed D Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/20/2007 Drink Dates: 2007-2027

Agree with Tanzer, tasted in 2007 . The wine had superb richness and great depth of mature flavors yet still has alot of life ahead. Try next in 2009

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