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Krug 1998 Champagne

More vintages: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003Just five years after Joseph Krug founded the Champagne House in 1843, he documented his great vision for Krug. In his notebook, he revealed the principles of creating a champagne of great richness and yet great elegance, of selecting only the finest elements from the greatest terroirs, rejecting mediocre fruit and making both a non-vintage and a vintage cuvée (revolutionary at the time). Discovered by Olivier Krug just four years ago, the ideals in this notebook and Krug's resolute commitment to them, has secured it's position as the most luxurious and exclusive of all champagnes.

The potential for a Krug vintage wine is identified during the blending of Grande Cuvée, and only after the blend has been secured and all of the reserves earmarked, with the wines displaying the most pronounced character of the vintage becoming the vintage wine. The weather in 1998 was classic, very contrasted as is characteristic of Champagne, with a particularly hot August, the hottest since 1962. This was followed by heavy rain in early September, then dry, mild weather during harvest. For the House of Krug, a focus on Chardonnay for the 1998 vintage was an obvious choice, due to the outstanding personality of Chardonnay grapes that year.

Krug 1998 offers astonishing purity, precision, elegance and a very long finish. Expressive aromas of bread, hazelnut and orange peel develop into flavours of citrus fruits, dried fruits and gingerbread. This vintage is known as Hommage au Chardonnay as it is only the second Krug vintage, after 1981, where Chardonnay dominates.

At our Launch Event in November 2014 Richard Bampfield, MW took us through a horizontal tasting of 1998's prestige cuvées. Watch his 6 minute video about Krug 1998 here.

In April 2015 Krug released a second release of magnums; we are proud to be able to offer you Krug 1998 en magnum. The magnums are stunning; something happens with champagne aged in magnum; their evolution slows and it's like a little magic is sprinkled; factors come into play we can't always explain and what was a superbly rich champagne seems even more rich and complex. If you enjoy Krug, you have to experience the same champagne in magnum. It's differently amazing. The Krug ID code for the magnums is 112005.

Both bottle and magnum are presented in a superb Krug magnetic gift box, as shown in the picture on the left.

Grape Varieties: 47% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 6 g/L
Disgorged (bottle): October 2007
Disgorged (magnum): Spring 2010
Disgorged (jeroboam): Autumn 2013

Krug 1998 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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Nov 2015
“Enormously fascinating to see how Krug has succeeded in avoiding a single oxidated grape this risky year, despite their extensive procuration of grapes from different sources. This wine is fantastically focused and unmistakeably stamped with the Krug trademark. Seductively mellow right through the elegant, classical flavour that is as united as a well-trimmed Russian machine team from the 70s. Somewhere between 89, 95 and 96 in character.”,
Oct 2015
“(Magnum) Tasted blind. Disgorged spring 2010.
Very different nose – extremely dense and layered. But good freshness. Youthful. Some yeasty beeriness. Lots of layers. Jeroboam? No, this very fine wine was the magnum. ”,
Oct 2015
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“(Bottle) Tasted blind. Disgorged October 2007.
Meaty and interesting. Savoury and very dry. Tight texture but with lots of evolution on the nose. Bone-dry end. Sweet and more delicate than most. Magnum? No, it's the bottle!”,
Oct 2015
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“(Jeroboam) Tasted blind. Disgorged autumn 2013.
Quite a different nose from the first sample (which turned out to be the magnum): herbs and damp furniture webbing. Open. The lightest in terms of weight. The simplest of the three samples of this wine so I assumed it came from a bottle but in fact it was the jeroboam, disgorged very much recently than the other two samples – not a level playing field! ”,
Oct 2015
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“Deep, evolved, ripe fruity nose of toast, dried fruit, nuts and bruised apple complexity. Concentrated, vinous and powerful palate, which comes with the smoothest mousse. Open, accessible and impressively well built palate that comes with an accentuated ripe appley fruit character. Shows already signs of evolution but there is of fruit left for ageing.”,
Nov 2014
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“47% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier – unusual for Krug to be Chardonnay dominant but it was very successful in this vintage. Dosage 6 g/l. Disgorged Dec 2007.
Mid gold. Very yeasty nose, the most toasty so far in this line up of 04s and 98s, lightly honeyed, chamomile, dried fruit, buttery baked apples. Delicious aromas and so different from the DP 98. Broad but surprisingly tart on the palate. As if the flavour and the structure have started to diverge with the acidity starting to spike. Tart aftertaste.”,
Nov 2012
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“This harmonious Champagne offers luxurious texture and powerful, focused acidity, showing aromatic accents of spring blossom, crushed thyme and chai, with rich notes of lemon meringue, hazelnut, black currant and fresh porcini mushroom. The full package. Impressive.”,
Oct 2012
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“Krug's 1998 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking today, as the classic Krug style is rich, alive and totally vivid. Honey, almonds, smoke, graphite and dried apricots are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this rich, enveloping Champagne. A wine of texture and depth, the 1998 impresses for its vinous personality and terrific balance. Lively veins of underlying acidity suggest the 1998 will drink well for many years to follow. This is one of the best bottles of the 1998 I have ever tasted. ”,
Nov 2011
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“Very, very fine bead. Very discreet and beautifully constructed. Very dense. Like a ship, constructed bit by bit. Dry finish. Needs food! A great rarity: a Krug with more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir.”
Bought directly from Moët Hennessy, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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