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Krug 1998 Champagne
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|Krug 1998 - 75cl||Krug 1998 - 75cl||£249.95||£252.95||£255.95|
|Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L||Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L||£659.95||£665.95||£675.95|
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Unlike other Champagne Houses, Krug's range consists of prestige cuvées only. Their iconic non-vintage Grande Cuvée is a masterful blend of some 120 wines, vintage Krugs are renowned as true classics, majestically displaying the characteristics of each harvest and their unique and exclusive single-vineyard champagnes, Clos du Mesnil and Clos d'Ambonnay are the ultimate rarities. The recent introduction of ID codes displayed on the back of every bottle - revealing base year, disgorgement periods and product information - has helped revise the vision of Krug in line with the great founder's philosophy.
Cellar Master: Eric Lebel
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): Not communicated
Krug ID: 112005 | Each magnum of Krug 1998 has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.
Weather: 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 the white grapes that year. This vintage is known as "Hommage au Chardonnay" as it is only the second Krug vintage (after 1981) where Chardonnay dominates.
News article: At our Launch Event in November 2014, Richard Bampfield MW guided guests through a horizontal tasting of a range of prestige cuvées from 1998. Watch his six minute video about Krug 1998 here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs, Trépail | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims | Pinot Meunier: Leuvrigny
Grape Varieties: 47% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged (bottle): October 2007
Disgorged (magnum): Spring 2010
Disgorged (jeroboam): Autumn 2013
Dosage: 6 g/l
Tasting note: 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 is a vintage with incredible ageing potential: expect this to develop even deeper levels of complexity with time.
Krug 1998 75cl bottles and 1.5L magnums are presented in a superb branded magnetic gift box (as shown in the picture on the left).
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. ”
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!”
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! ”
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.”
Brochure - Krug & Its People Summer 2014
Krug 1998- Ranked 3rd Highest Rated Champagne in last 25 years wine-searcher.com, 2nd May 2014
Read about Julie Cavill, The winemaker of this Vineyard thedrinksbusiness.com, 12th April 2014
Interview with Olivier Krug wine-searcher.com, 30th Dec 2012
Wine Spectator’s 2013 ratings confirm Krug as the top-rated Champagne House (584 Kb) 25th Sept 2012
Krug Wins 6 of top 10 Champagnes in Wine Spectator 2012 Awards Jan 2012
Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
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Established in 1843 by Joseph Krug, having left Jacquart Champagne where he was working to set up his own House with a very unique style. Joseph wrote in his cherry personal notebook the philosophy for Krug Champagne which is followed still today. The two beliefs he wished to share were: craftsmanship without compromise and no hierarchy within his Champagnes. He believed that there should be only two cuvees, Cuvée number one (now known as Grande Cuvée) should be the fullest expression of Champagne each year and Cuvée number two should express the circumstances of an interesting vintage.
Today the sixth generation of the Krug family are still involved in all aspects of Krug Champagne. Independently owned by the Krug family for generations, Krug is now part of the luxury goods conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moëeuml;t Hennessy (LVMH). Despite owning some 20 hectares of vineyards within Champagne, Krug is still a négociant producer of Champagne, with the grapes used in Krug coming from long-term contract growers who are proud to declare that the grapes are destined for the production of Krug.
Normally in Champagne, the non-vintage Cuvée of each Champagne is considered to be the 'entry level' Champagne of that house. However with Krug, this is not the case. Krug's Grande Cuvée Brut is the Champagne, more than any other, to which connoisseurs of Champagne aspire. With a reputation built not upon product nor one-off successes in comparative wine tastings, Champagne Krug has built possibly the most enviable reputation in all of Champagne, simply by turning out Champagne of incredibly high quality, year after year, for the last 170 years.
Krug's production is well under one per cent of the world's champagne - but it is often described as the Rolls-Royce of the industry. Its devotees, who have called themselves "Krugists", include Ernest Hemingway, John le Carré, Sir Alec Guinness, Naomi Campbell and the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who used to sneak in bottles whenever she was in hospital.
Krug range includes a tiny, 1.84 hectare vineyard in the village of Les Mesnil called Clos du Mesnil, protected from the harshness of spring frosts by being situated in the heart of the village surrounded by the houses helping to create a unique microclimate. This amazing vineyard creates the remarkable single vineyard Cuvée only produced in exceptional years. Although vines were first planted on this spot in 1698, it has only belonged to the Krug family since 1971. "We had no clue what a gem it would be," says Olivier. "It's a darling vineyard."
Whereas most Champagne houses put all of their best grapes in to making single vintage at Krug a sizeable proportion of the wine produced from best grapes from declarable vintages are held back as reserve wines, then blended into the "Krug Grande Cuvée" Brut. The exact composition of each year's release of this Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne varies depending on many factors but typically each release of this Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut is a blend of around 120 different wines from 10 different vintages. Each bottle of Krug has a unique ID code which can be scanned using the smart APP (available to download for free at the App store) to discover the unique blend and personality of each bottle.
Another defining factor in the flavour of Krug is the fact that all Champagnes are fermented in small 205 litre oak barrels. Krug opt to use well seasoned oak that imparts no specific oak flavour to their Champagne, as it allows for a better exchange with oxygen. Once initial fermentation is complete the Krug Champagnes are then left on their lees, the youngest of the wines in the blend being 6 years old with the oldest usually over 20 years old. This gives the wine richness, complexity, relating back to the original philosophy of Joseph Krug thus "producing the fullest expression of champagne every year".