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Krug 1988 Champagne 75cl
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Weather: 1988 weather conditions in Champagne have always been compared to the more favourable 1989, nonetheless, given now it has had added ageing this vintage is coming into its own. The spring was mild with little rain and frost; therefore bud burst was good. The early summer months were slightly dull, however August saw lots of sun. September is always the saviour for most Champagne harvests, but in 1988 there was plenty of rain. The grapes however fared well and this patience is now being rewarded. Harvest took place between September 26th and October 6th.
News Article: Read more about Krug 1988 in the review of our Krug Vertical Tasting with Olivier Krug and Jancis Robinson MW here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnnay, 18% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: 25 years on the lees
Disgorged: Spring 2015
Drink: Now to 2030+
Krug ID: 215027
Tasting Note: Great structure thoughtout with inital aromas of orange and spices. The honeyed character on the palate is stunning with cinammon and ginger, a truly vulmptous champagne with bundles of flavour and character. Even after 25 years resting on the lees, this has so much life.
Tasted blind. Deep tawny gold. Less concentrated on the nose than most. Medium weight with creamy mushroom-soup notes. A lovely, deep-flavoured wine. Not that young but with great intensity. Umami? Neat and clean. ”
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): Undisclosed
Brochure - Krug & Its People Summer 2014
Krug 1996- Ranked 2nd 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
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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 Moët 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’s famous champagne.
In Champagne, the non-vintage cuvée is normally considered to be the ‘entry level’ champagne of that house. However, with Krug, this is not the case. Krug Grande Cuvée NV is the champagne, more than any other, to which connoisseurs aspire. With a reputation built upon quality and consistency, rather than volume and one-off successes in comparative wine tastings, Krug has built possibly the most enviable reputation in the whole of the region, simply by producing 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. House devotees, who call themselves “Krugists’” include Ernest Hemingway, John le Carré, Sir Alec Guinness and Naomi Campbell.
The Krug range includes a tiny, 1.84-hectare vineyard in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger called Clos du Mesnil, protected from the harshness of spring frosts by being situated in the heart of the village and surrounded by houses helping to create a unique microclimate. This amazing plot creates the remarkable single vineyard cuvée, only produced in exceptional years. Although vines were first planted here in 1698, it has only belonged to the Krug family since 1971 and the first vintage was produced in 1979. “We had no clue what a gem it would be,” says Olivier Krug. “It’s a darling vineyard.”
Whereas most Champagne houses put all of their best grapes into making a single vintage, at Krug a sizeable proportion of the wine produced from the best grapes from declarable vintages are held back as reserve wines to be used in the Krug Grande Cuvée NV blend. The exact composition of each year’s release of Krug Grande Cuvée NV Champagne varies depending on many factors but typically each release contains around 120 different wines from 10 different vintages. Each bottle of Krug has a unique ID code which can be scanned using a smartphone App to discover the unique blend and personality of each bottle.
Another defining factor in the favour 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, current Chef de Cave Eric Lebel leaves the Krug Grande Cuvée blends on their lees, the youngest of the wines in the blend being six years old and the oldest usually over twenty years old. This gives the champagne its richness and complexity, relating back to the original philosophy of Joseph Krug, producing “the fullest expression of Champagne every year”. Put simply, Krug are the most luxurious of all producers.