Krug 1988


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Tasting Notes

Three recent bottles of Krug's 1988 Vintage have all been spectacular. Dried apricot, tobacco, orange peel and spice notes meld together in a Champagne of nearly indescribable finesse. Soft and inviting, yet back up by beams of lively minerality, the 1988 is in a great place right now. It should drink well for another decade-plus, but it would be a shame to miss the wine in its current state of pure beauty. The only thing better? The 1988 Clos du Mesnil.

Score: 97Antonio Galloni,, November 2013

I first tasted this wine 2 years ago, rating it 95 points on two occasions. Brilliant aromas of coconut, tropical fruit, candied citrus peel and spring blossoms hint at perfection, yet the structure is firm and unyielding. Then it all returns on the finish, a wave of fresh and dried berries, white truffle and hazelnut. A compelling and contemplative wine. What more could you ask from a champagne? Best from 2005 thru 2015.

Score: 99Bruce Sanderson, (vol1/30)

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. Drink now - 2020. Tasted January 2009.

Score: 95Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW,, May 2009

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