Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1998 Krug Champagne Brut


Winery: Champagne Krug
Style: Sparkling
Varietal: Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier
Region: Champagne Reims
Size: 750 ml
Ratings: WA 90 WS 96 IWC 94+

Price: $269.97
Reg: $339.00


Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate 94 Points

The 1998 Vintage is extremely primary at this stage. Today the wine remains mostly about a pure, unadulterated expression of fruit, but the Krug house style is nevertheless present. This powerful Champagne needs time in the cellar to develop its full range of aromas and flavors, but it is impressive and should age quite well. The 1998 is only the third (and last) vintage Krug declared in the 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

Wine Spectator 96 Points

Gorgeous aromas of lemon, peach, toast, leather and spices. The attack is rich and forceful, backed by a racy structure that keeps it pure and drives the finish. Perhaps not as expansive on the aftertasteto match the attack, but long nonetheless, with spice and minerals lingering. Still needs time. Best from 2012 through 2035.—B.S.

International Wine Cellar 94+ Points

Bright true gold with a brisk bead. Deeply concentrated honey, pear skin, orange peel, peach pit, botanical herb and floral aromas are brightened by smoky minerals. Chewy citrus and pit fruit flavors stain the palate and are given a youthfully tangy edge by nervy acidity, gaining strength with air. Finishes with powerful grip and resounding echoes of honey and citrus pith. A serious, painfully young wine that needs patience; I wouldn't go near it for at least another six or seven years.


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