1998 Krug - Brut Vintage 750ml

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WS 98   IWC 94   RJ 94   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

This harmonious Champagne offers luxurious texture, aromatic accents of spring blossom, crushed thyme and chai, powerful, focused acidity and rich notes of lemon meringue, hazelnut, black currant and fresh porcini mushroom. The full package. Impressive.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: Alison Napjus


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

(LLLLPK 00178): Bright gold. Ripe orchard fruits, peach pit, toffee, marzipan and dried flowers on the pungent, smoky nose. Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering palate-staining pit fruit nectar, apple pie and brioche flavors, enhanced by a toffeed quality. Closes spicy and very long, with resonating smoke and toasted hazlenut qualities.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 10122

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 94

Enormously fascinating to see how Krug has succeeded in avoiding a single oxidated grape this risky year, despite their extensive procuration of grapes from different sources. This wine is fantastically focused and unmistakeably stamped with the Krug trademark. Seductively mellow right through the elegant, classical flavour that is as united as a well-trimmed Russian machine team from the 70s. Somewhere between 89, 95 and 96 in character.

Author: Richard Juhlin


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/23/2011

Rating: 90
Author: hirok
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Tasting at the office of Krug in Reims with Mr.Olivier Krug. Light gold in color. Medium legs. Raspberry, Apricot, Mushroom, Mineral, Biscuity, Hazelnut, Honey.Something like heavy notes as usual. Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish. Lacking "finess". Honestly to say, I've been feeling something odd since the label was changed. I always feel nothing but the heaviness By the way, Olivier said "we always blend the wines of Grand Cru, 1er Cru and Village."

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

335 bottles owned by 101 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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