1998 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut #167118127
Based on 356 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "Honey, almonds, smoke, graphite and dried apricots are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this rich, enveloping Champagne. A wine of texture and depth, the 1998 impresses for its vinous personality and terrific balance. (AG)" 95 points John Gilman "The bouquet is deep, pure and shows a lovely, almost exotic sheen of fresh nutmeg and fresh coconut to augment more classic Krug notes of peach, tangerine, patissiere, caraway seed and a glorious base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and inviting on the attack, with a rock solid core, great transparency, refined mousse and exceptional length and grip on the very long and focused finish. (JG)"
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Few champagne growers enjoy the worldwide reputation for quality as Krug—a regional stalwart based out of Reims since 1842. Despite Krug’s sale to Moët Hennessey in 1999, sixth generation grower Olivier Krug runs the estate, keeping very much in the family tradition. This celebrated champagne house boasts 20 hectares of premium vineyards planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, while also sourcing from trusted growers. In recent years, Krug has converted their holdings to mostly organic viticulture but resists certification for pragmatic reasons.
Krug remains one of the only champagne houses to exclusively produce premium wines, with Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay among their finest parcels. “Grande Cuvée,” a blend of all three regional varietals, comprises the dominant part of production, made from 120 base wines, representing 10 vintages as old as 15 years each. The cellar team, led by Éric Lebel, embraces neutral 205-L oak barrel vinifications by individual parcel (there are 250!), eschews malolactic fermentation to preserve mineral intensity, and embraces long cellar aging from five to 10 years before release. With standards such as these, it stands to reason that Krug creates some of the world’s most memorable champagnes.