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KRUG 1988 IS AN EXQUISITE CHAMPAGNE OF EXTREME ELEGANCE AND REFINEMENT. IT IS THE STORY OF A YEAR WITHOUT EXCESSES THAT CREATED THE CONDITIONS FOR A SLOW MATURATION RESULTING IN A PERFECT BALANCE OF FRESHNESS AND FRUIT.
Being such a particular year, the creation of Krug 1988 was obvious. Krug 1988 is the blend of very refined and promising wines with solid structure, high acidity, extreme elegance, directness, purity, crystal and sharp finish. To create Krug 1988, wines were selected from 21 villages : Pinot Noirs (50%), Chardonnays (32%), and Meuniers (18%), who gave birth to a reserved, elegant, very classy and stylish vintage. With its perfect highly fresh structure, this is an exquisite Vintage of extreme elegance and refinement.
Upright structure and the solid acidity not found in particularly hot years, Krug 1988 reveals sharp purity. In the mouth, it is full of sensations: orange blossom, dry figs, ripe quince, and mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger. With a crystal finish and lingering palate, Krug 1988 is a treasure trove of emblematic savoir-faire from the House of Krug.
Krug 1988 Is Unique:
The first of the trilogy of Krug Vintages of 1988, 89 and 90 – a feat never again repeated at the House of Krug – 1988 is undoubtedly the subtle elder sister of 1989’s louder, younger exuberance. Krug 1988 stayed a bit close for quite some time, nearly austere at the beginning but today after more than 20 years in Krug’s cellars it is entering into a new, expressive phase, it is opening up beautifully; all that was hidden and shy and needed coaxing is now revealing itself. The House is confident this Vintage will take a while to emerge as a future Krug Collection and will be always a timeless always impressive Champagne.
Krug 1988 is the most highly rated Champagne in the world in the last 25 years (wine-searcher 2014).
The Year Of 1988:
The year 1988 alternated perfectly between heat and rain, a year without excesses that created the conditions for a slow maturation, a level of sugar accumulated perfectly for a moderate combustion of acidity giving extremely balanced harvested grapes. A year not highly productive with very high acidity level as well as very high level of maturation. The perfect equilibrium between freshness and maturity.
Food & Wine Pairing:
The delicacy, elegance and charm of Krug 1988 creates a delicious contrast with rich and unctuous dishes. Perfect with turbot in hollandaise sauce, bass in butter, chicken served with a cream sauce and desserts with a base of dried fruits. Both almonds and dishes bearing hints of vanilla would also be wonderful companions, enlivening the most daring of palates.
When Johann-Joseph Krug founded the Krug champagne house in 1843, his dream was to give his name to nothing less than an exceptional champagne- a champagne with a taste all its own. To achieve this, he set himself a few rules, among which, first and foremost: never compromise on quality.
Six generations later, he would approve of his descendents' consistent commitment to excellence. Krug is one of very few champagnes houses that produce only premium blends. This commitment to only the best quality and Krug's unique expertise in champagne-making explain its worldwide reputation.
The wines are made from carefully selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Krug is a guardian of Champagne tradition in still fermenting its wines in small oak barrels, which gives them an exceptional finesse.
Another signature of the Krug style, they are made to mature for at least 6 to 8 years, the reward of which is a distinctive complexity and the ability to age gracefully. Each year, the members of the Krug family blend the different wines that 6 or 8 years later will maintain the high quality and style of their predecessors. Truly exceptional years are consecrated vintage blends.
With methods that guarantee the production and blending of only exceptional champagne, its own 19-hectares vineyard, the quality of the 56 hectare vineyards the house buys its precious grapes from and its stock worth 7 years of production, no wonder Krug is the reference for premium champagnes.
Krug is an encounter, an experience, a revelation – and a collection of six extraordinary champagnes: Krug Grande Cuvee, Krug Rose, Krug Vintage, Krug Collection, Krug Clos du Mesnil and Krug Clos d'Ambonnay.
Krug Vintage is a statement - Krug’s definitive, one-off interpretation of the character of an outstanding year. The blend contains wines exclusively from that year.