1990 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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WS 98   IWC 97(+?)   RJ 96   WA 95   JR 18   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2020
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97(+?)

($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)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 117

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 96

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.

Author: Richard Juhlin

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

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?

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

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

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: 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

Rating: 97
Author: 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.

Rating: 96
Author: 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.

Rating: 96
Author: dimman
Tasted On: 01/05/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2030

Rating: 95
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

Average rating: 95, based on 10 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2288 bottles owned by 516 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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