1988 Krug Brut Champagne SKU #100194


WS 98 ST 96 VN 96
W&S 96 RP 95 WE 93
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K&L Notes

The best of Krug's fruit in the classic 1988 vintage went into this powerful, masculine, barrel-fermented Champagne, a testament to the greatness of the vintage, the producer and the vineyards. 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at a hotel in Zurich, this remains a stunning Krug. Deep and lucid in colour, it retains that show-stopping, honeyed bouquet with breathtaking definition, offering hints of cut lime, cooking apple, cold granite, citrus lemon and a hint of walnut. The palate is taut, driven by vibrant acidity, hints of passion fruit and white peach, but at its heart is that sense of precision and poise. The finish has a beguiling candied quality that flirts daringly and beckons another sip. Heavenly and perhaps starting to drink at its peak. Tasted November 2009."

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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    No great vintage from Champagne drinks as well as the 1988's do right now, and I think it is safe to say that this vintage is even better than the flashier 1989 and 1990 harvests that got more press at the time. To drink one of the very best from this harvest is a huge treat, and Champagne, even wine in general does not get better than this 1988 Krug Brut Champagne. Cinnamon and I drank this fabulous bottle, which was a gift from a great customer and friend as the aperitif in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The deep brassy color and generous chanterelle, cream and nutty Pinot Noir cherry nose gave way to a graceful, vivacious impression on the palate- this Champagne has it all. The finish is still with me if I think back to it and is one of the most complete experiences I have had from a wine. Wow!
    Drink from 2013 to 2028


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