1988 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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WS 98   JR 19.5   RJ 97   IWC 96(+?)   WA 95   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 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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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 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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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 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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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Wine Advocate | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: dimman
Tasted On: 04/26/2012

Rating: 95
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/24/2014

Rating: 95
Author: Benjamin H550
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/01/2010
Big champagne, still plenty of acidity and freshness. Alot going on here.

Rating: 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.

Rating: 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!

Average rating: 97, based on 10 reviews
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1857 bottles owned by 417 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend

Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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