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Krug Vintage 1988 Champagne 75cl

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Krug 1988 is a unique Champagne and is the most highly rated Champagne in the world in the last 25 years accordinging to wine-searcher 2014. Delicate, elegant and charming, this vintage is the first of the trilogy of Krug Vintages of 1988, 89 and 90 - a feat never again repeated at the House of Krug. The 1988 vintage stayed a bit close for quite some time but today after more than 20 years in Krug's cellars it is entering into a new, expressive phase. Opening up beautifully; all that was hidden, shy and needed coaxing is now revealing itself with its perfect highly fresh structure. This is an exquisite Vintage of extreme elegance and refinement.

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Pairs well with…

  • Fish
  • Parmesan
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Summer Fruits
  • White Meat
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. Jancis Robinson.

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. Wine Spectator.
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
The year 1988 alternated perfectly between heat and rain, a year without excesses that created the conditions for a slow maturation, a level of sugar accumulated perfectly for a moderate combustion of acidity giving extremely balanced harvested grapes. A year not highly productive with very high acidity level as well as very high level of maturation. The perfect equilibrium between freshness and maturity.
Revealing sharp purity, in the mouth, it is full of sensations: orange blossom, dry figs, ripe quince, and mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger. With a crystal finish and lingering palate, Krug 1988 is an elegant, very classy and stylish vintage.
Matches very well with turbot in hollandaise sauce, chicken served with a cream sauce and desserts with a base of dried fruits. Both almonds and dishes bearing hints of vanilla would also be wonderful companions, enlivening the most daring of palates.

At the House of Krug each Krug Vintage is crafted to be different, created to reveal the expression of a year's specific character, captured uniquely as only the House of Krug can. There are as many stories as there are Krug Vintages.

To create Krug 1988, wines were selected from 21 villages : Pinot Noirs (50%), Chardonnays (32%), and Meuniers (18%).

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Brand Krug
Country France
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 12.5
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Style Brut
Champagne Expression Complex, Toasty
Champagne Region Cote des Blancs, Montagne de Reims
Champagne Village Ambonnay, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Champagne Dosage (g/l) 6
Champagne Producer Type Grand Marque
Champagne and Wine Aging Oak
Closure Cork and Cage
Champagne Grape Champagne Blend
Time on Lees Over 10 years
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