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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1988
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1988
(search item no. 54094)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $189.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 99 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1995 The Wine News rating: 99 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1990 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1990 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Established in 1843, Krug has specialized solely in prestige and exceptional champagne. Dedication to quality takes precedence over quantity of production. Krug is the only Champagne House still fermenting all of its champagnes the age-old way, in small oak casks.

Krug releases vintage wines in only truly great years. The release of Krug 1988 marks the first time in Krug's 158-year history that its vintage chronology has been reversed. The Krug family decided to present the tender, warm and mature 1989 vintage first, and hold its 1988 vintage in Krug's cellars to realize its full potential.

Today, after more than a decade of bottle aging, Krug 1988 explodes on the palate with tremendous depth and complexity. The first impression is intense, yet it develops in the glass with delicacy, revealing lightly spiced notes of dried figs and ripe quince. Underlined by a superb structure, this wine maintains a remarkable freshness for its long aging.
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About Champagne Krug:

Since 1843, with unique single-mindedness and sense of purpose, the Krug family has proudly cultivated the markedly individual character of their exceptional champagne. Theirs is a living legend, a certain idea of excellence that has been quietly redefined through six generations without a break.

Krug's founder, Johann-Joseph Krug, was a maverick who turned his back on a comfortable position in an established champagne house to strike out on his own. He had not only the vision, but also the talent, to achieve his ambition of creating a champagne with a taste quite unlike any other.

Subsequent generations of the Krug family not merely honored his achievement, but amplified it, bringing genuine pride and passion to their craft. From meticulous grape selection, through the birth of the wine in small oak casks, to the intricate process of "assemblage", followed by long years of aging in the cellars, Krug champagne is the culmination of painstaking care and unrivalled craftsmanship.