1988 Krug Brut Champagne

SKU #100194 98 points Wine Spectator

 A superb Champagne and still youthful. Honey, ginger, lemon confit, coffee and mineral aromas and flavors come to mind, all kept focused by a firm, tightly wound structure. The finish is where its pedigree shines through, lingering like warm gingerbread and coffee. (BS)  (10/2003)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ineffable yeast autolysis aromas (biscuit, meal, nuts) virtually resist characterization; reminded me of a great Chevalier-Montrachet. A wine of extraordinary depth of flavor, vinosity and class, thanks to penetrating but perfectly harmonious, lipsmacking acidity. Quite dry but with wonderfully ripe fruit. Very firm and youthful on the finish, but already displays explosive flavor. A great vintage for Krug. 96+ (ST)  (11/2001)

96 points Vinous

 The 1988 Krug Vintage is exceptionally beautiful. Bright, intense and pulsating with the signature energy of the vintage, the 1988 is a fabulous way to kick off the night and a terrific example of this wine. Hints of dried pear, smoke and slate add the closing shades of nuance. We are off to the races. (AG)  (5/2016)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (12/2003)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (LPB)  (5/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Incredibly sophisticated from the bouquet’s first full toast, apple, thyme, meal, orange, even meaty notes. The fine steady bead, mouthcoating, creamy feel and deep vanilla, apple and earth flavors comprise a very complete statement about age-worthy Champagne. It's mature, and shows subtleties youthful wines can not, but it's still lively, and displays a wealth of life and spirit through the tangy flavored but smoothly textured finish.  (12/2001)

Decanter

 At the moment, just beats the superlative 1990. Honeyed and briary on the nose, it envelops with orange flavours, toffee voluptuousness and buttery texture. Stupendous.

Jancis Robinson

 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. 19.5/20 points  (8/2007)

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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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2013 | Send Email
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!
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