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The Wine Rules

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Krug Vintage Champagne 1998

Krug Champagne House
12.5%
  • RP 94
  • JH 98
  • TS 98

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Highlights

  • 98 points James Hallidays Top 100 Wines
  • An extraordinary and iconic Champagne house
  • Incredibly complex with great length and intensity.

Notes And Details

Producer Name Krug Champagne House
State CHAMPAGNE
Suburb REIMS
Country FRANCE
Winemaker Henri Krug & Eric Lebel
Colour Pale Lemon
Nose Straw-gold in colour, ripe fruits, dried fruits, biscuit and caramel all come through on the complex bouquet.
Alcohol 12.5%
Palate The palate is fresh, breathtakingly clean and pure, with finely delineated flavours of pithy citrus fruits and coffee. Deep and minerally, with a firm and structured finish, crisp yet broad, it has a long, incisive, fresh and pure finish.
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle) Alcohol 12.5%
Case Size 1 Cellaring 15+ Years
Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir SKU KRCH199810
Style Sparkling ID 3353
Origin -    
Sustainability Sustainable    
Awards

Best With Oysters    
Krug Vintage Champagne 2000
Krug Vintage Champagne 2000
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Champagne
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  • GG 100
  • community 98
AU $289.00
RRP AU$499.00
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Reviews

"The suppression of malolactic fermentation allows this almost im..."

The suppression of malolactic fermentation allows this almost impossibly complex wine to have such a long life, reaching its peak between 20 and 30 years of age. Straw-gold in colour, ripe fruits, dried fruits, biscuit and caramel all come through on the complex bouquet, and flow into the palate. This has explosive length and intensity, the finish long, the aftertaste amazing. It is the magic of Krug which produces such a lovely wine from an ordinary vintage. 98 points, $525; Halliday’s Top 100 Wines for 2009

review James Halliday

"The 1998 Brut Vintage is a gorgeous wine for near-term drinking,..."

The 1998 Brut Vintage is a gorgeous wine for near-term drinking, Warm, toasty notes lead to an expansive core of fruit that covers the palate. This isn?t the most complex Krug Vintage, but it also won?t take years or decades to offer its finest drinking. 2010-2020. My visit to Krug earlier this year was fascinating, as I had a chance to taste a number of 2009s and reserve wines. A tank sample of the 2009 Clos du Mesnil was one of the most exciting, viscerally thrilling wines of the trip, and remained etched on my mind for several weeks. I also had a chance to glance over newly found, hand-written original records that document the exact village breakdown of all the grapes Krug purchased in each vintage going back to 1928. This year I tasted a number of fabulous wines from bottle. Unfortunately I can?t include my impressions on Krug?s NV Champagnes because of the house?s insistence on not providing disgorgement dates for those wines. I was reminded of the importance of this information when I tasted a fabulous, utterly spellbinding bottle of the NV Rose. It was a truly beautiful Champagne, but owing to its recent disgorgement it needed at least a few years on the cork. Of course Krug gives a general indication of the disgorgement dates for their wines on the corks, but by that time, readers may have opened a bottle that needs more bottle age. Without this information it is impossible to give readers any reliable indication of when the house?s NV wines might start drinking well. With a retail price over $300 a bottle, opening a bottle of Krug?s Rose can be a very expensive learning experience. Krug fans will want to keep an eye out for my upcoming article on Clos du Mesnil, featuring complete notes back to the inaugural 1979. -By Robert Parker

review Robert Parker

"The 1998 Brut Vintage is a gorgeous wine for near-term drinking,..."

The 1998 Brut Vintage is a gorgeous wine for near-term drinking, Warm, toasty notes lead to an expansive core of fruit that covers the palate. This isn?t the most complex Krug Vintage, but it also won?t take years or decades to offer its finest drinking. 2010-2020. My visit to Krug earlier this year was fascinating, as I had a chance to taste a number of 2009s and reserve wines. A tank sample of the 2009 Clos du Mesnil was one of the most exciting, viscerally thrilling wines of the trip, and remained etched on my mind for several weeks. I also had a chance to glance over newly found, hand-written original records that document the exact village breakdown of all the grapes Krug purchased in each vintage going back to 1928. This year I tasted a number of fabulous wines from bottle. Unfortunately I can?t include my impressions on Krug?s NV Champagnes because of the house?s insistence on not providing disgorgement dates for those wines. I was reminded of the importance of this information when I tasted a fabulous, utterly spellbinding bottle of the NV Rose. It was a truly beautiful Champagne, but owing to its recent disgorgement it needed at least a few years on the cork. Of course Krug gives a general indication of the disgorgement dates for their wines on the corks, but by that time, readers may have opened a bottle that needs more bottle age. Without this information it is impossible to give readers any reliable indication of when the house?s NV wines might start drinking well. With a retail price over $300 a bottle, opening a bottle of Krug?s Rose can be a very expensive learning experience. Krug fans will want to keep an eye out for my upcoming article on Clos du Mesnil, featuring complete notes back to the inaugural 1979. -By Robert Parker

review Robert Parker

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