krug, collection 1988

krug, collection 1988
VINOUS
97
WINE SPECTATOR
96

Critics' Scores

  • VINOUS
    97
    Vinous

    The 1988 Krug makes for a fabulous start. Tasted from a perfect bottle, the 1988 remains bright and focused, with all of the energy of this great vintage very much on display. Time has naturally softened some of the contours and added a good bit of nuance, but the 1988 Krug remains a Champagne of crystalline precision. I loved it.

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    96
    Wine Spectator

    Gorgeous, exuding aromas and flavors of baked black currant, toasted hazelnut and coffee liqueur, along with subtle hints of elderflower, oyster shell and white truffle. The rich profile relies on soft, citrus peel acidity, as well as a tang of salinity for freshness and balance. The plush, creamy texture feels like cashmere on the palate. A beauty at any age. Disgorged fall 2017.

  • BURGHOUND.COM
    93
    Burghound.com

    I have always very much admired the '88 vintage in Champagne because it produced wines that tended toward austerity when they were young and they have aged exceptionally well. The nose here is consistent with this because even though it is fully mature and highly complex, there is a certain calm restraint that accompanies the attractively fresh citrus, cooked apple and toasted bread elements. There is equally good punch and freshness to the powerful and concentrated flavors that possess impressive mid-palate density before concluding in a mouth coating and strikingly long finish. One thing that the '88 Krug is not however is especially refined and in this regard the '85 is finer. In Champagne though rarely is one element able to exist in isolation from another and in terms of potential longevity, at this point I would rather own the '88 than the '85 even if the '85 is a better overall wine. I say this because the '85 appears to be on the edge of a graceful decline whereas the '88 should continue to hold for years to come.

  • BURGHOUND
    93
    Burghound

    I have always very much admired the '88 vintage in Champagne because it produced wines that tended toward austerity when they were young and they have aged exceptionally well. The nose here is consistent with this because even though it is fully mature and highly complex, there is a certain calm restraint that accompanies the attractively fresh citrus, cooked apple and toasted bread elements. There is equally good punch and freshness to the powerful and concentrated flavors that possess impressive mid-palate density before concluding in a mouth coating and strikingly long finish. One thing that the '88 Krug is not however is especially refined and in this regard the '85 is finer. In Champagne though rarely is one element able to exist in isolation from another and in terms of potential longevity, at this point I would rather own the '88 than the '85 even if the '85 is a better overall wine. I say this because the '85 appears to be on the edge of a graceful decline whereas the '88 should continue to hold for years to come.

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