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    Scampi and caviar toasts

The year 1988 alternated perfectly between heat and rain until harvest which took place between September 26th and October 6th, a year without excesses that created the conditions for a slow maturation keeping a very high level of freshness.

The result was extremely balanced harvested grapes, a perfect equilibrium between freshness and maturity. Being 1988 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 freshness, extreme elegance, directness, purity, crystal and sharp finish. Krug 1988 is the blend of very expressive plot’s wines of Pinot Noirs (50%), Chardonnays (32%) and Meuniers (18%) from 21 villages, giving birth to a reserved, elegant, very classy and stylish vintage.

Krug 1988 stayed a bit close for quite some time, very discrete, nearly austere at the beginning but elegance and refinement have always been tangible. Today after more than 25 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. I am confident this Vintage will take a while to emerge as a Krug Collection and will be always timeless impressive Champagne.

Krug 1988 is a treasure trove of emblematic savoir-faire from the House of Krug.


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The Story

Unique to the House of Krug, every Krug Vintage is crafted to be different, to reveal the expression of a particular year. A year with character, a year with a special story to tell in a way that Krug alone can relate. To narrate this story, Krug has blended very expressive wines from a single year, enhanced by a stay of over ten years in the cellars. Krug Vintage is the story of a year as seen by Krug; there are as many stories as there are Krug Vintages.

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Vintage 1988

For many people, there are champagnes and then there is Krug; that is how legendary this house is. Established in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has for six generations admirably stuck to its quality principles, to its generous burnt style and to its fabulous ageing potential. After the retirement of the fifth-generation brothers Henri and Rémi Krug, the house has been looking for its place within the LVMH Group. After two years at the company’s helm, Margareth Henriquez has found a direction and new winds are blowing through Krug, in the form of a more open-minded outlook. An excellent example is the idea implemented by Henriquez of equipping bottles with an easy-to-read ID that indicates the wine’s age and corking date.
The winemaking team, led by sixth-generation family representative Olivier Krug, is youthful. Cellar master Eric Lebel believes that a wine is always better made by a team than by an individual, therefore both Henri and Rémi Krug are still involved in the blending.
Krug vinifies each batch of grapes separately in small oak barrels. Annually the house produces 200-250 different wines, which is a huge quantity compared to its size. This gives the winemakers an enviable palette to work from when considering the final blends. Krug’s treasures include extensive stocks of earlier reserve wines, some of them 15 years old.
In contrast with other houses, Krug begins its series with the luxury blend. Rémi Krug would always bristle if someone mistakenly called the Krug Grande Cuvée non-vintage: “Krug is not non-anything! The Grand Cuvée is multi-vintage, a blend of fine wines from several years.” Other cuvées are like “pinpoints in the Krug universe”. The single-vineyard wines, the 100 per cent Chardonnay Clos du Mesnil and the 100 per cent Pinot Noir Clos d’Ambonnay, provide a key to understanding Krug. After Henri and Rémi Krug first produced the Clos du Mesnil vineyard champagne in 1979, they began searching for a counterpart. After nearly twenty-five years they found it in Clos d’Ambonnay, and its first vintage, 1995, was launched in 2007.
Vintage Krugs are classics that leave room for the special characteristics of each year. The Collection series gives old vintages, stored in perfect conditions, a new life in the hands of collectors. Launched in late 2010, the fabulously honeyed 1989 is now at a perfect age for enjoyment. Krug resisted producing rosés for a long time, but the Krug Rosé NV, produced since the mid-1980s, is an enchanting addition to the Krug series with its vinous baked quality.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
481€ +5.7% 455€ -4.4% 476€ +7.7% 442€ -4.3% 462€ +28.0% 361€ +102.8% 178€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

29 tasting notes

Tasting note


Medium, Yellow and Bright


Long, Pure, Lingering and Neutral


Toasty, Mineral, Citrus, Steely, Oily and Honey


Intense, Complex, Opulent and Seductive




High in Acidity, Complex, Well-structured, Balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Rich, Firm, Round and Dry


Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Much expected of this (for me, one of the very greatest champagne vintages of all) and much delivered. A brilliant, complex, richly flavoured champagne. Glorious. Offered layer after layer. Baked custard notes, grilled cashews, apricot brulee. Just a hint of fresh coffee on the finish. Seamless, mouthfilling and with great length. Still full of life but so good now. You have to wonder if, or how, it could ever get better but it just might.
  • 98p
We whet our whistles with some 1988 Krug, the birthyear of his soon-to-married daughter. The 1988, along with the 1982, remains arguably the best Krug of the decade, and this bottle was classic. It was a bit of a brute in a good way with its young, big finish. There was a lot of citrus still in this broad-shouldered wine, one that is still waiting to hit that secondary level of development (96).
  • 96p

Pale golden, very elegant bubbles. Very fresh and youthfull, some plaster, apples, brioch, toast. Such elegance, soperb balance, can't even tell the age, great acidity, some oxidized apples, minerals, great mousse, very fresh acidity, probably the youngest 88 bottle I have tasted, maybe of any wine. 95

  • 95p



Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality


Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential


Fake factory


Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque

Grande Cuvée

Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

Krug Clos du Mesnil

Krug Collection

Krug Rosé

Private Cuvée


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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

Pale golden, very elegant bubbles. Very fresh and youthfull, some plaster, apples, brioch, toast. Such elegance, soperb balance, can't even tell the age, great acidity, some oxidized apples, minerals, great mousse, very fresh acidity, probably the youngest 88 bottle I have tasted, maybe of any wine. 95

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"4613218,5542,White - Sparkling,1988,Kru"A very classic bottle of Krug. Nose of toasted bread, brioche. On the palate, fruit, flowers, chalky minerality. Great.""

2y 6m ago

 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"Shy, bit closed?"

3y 6m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"Golden, tiny bubbles. Some vanilla, orange marmalade, lemon cest, brioche, rich and heavy nose. Fresh acidity, but far more integrated than I remember from earlier bottles, richer too, lovely and intense texture, bitter touch in the finish, very long. "

4y 6m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

4y 11m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"One of the best tastings ever. Cristal 88 rosé "

5y 9m ago

 Emma Kaukoranta, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"We like :)"

5y 9m ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1988  ( Krug )

"Delicious tasting of 1988. Just got to love the vintage! Go Crissie Rosé!"

5y 9m ago

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