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  • Country ranking ?

    2 253
  • Producer ranking ?

    73
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Exotic dishes ( Chinese, Indian, Thai) & crystallised ginger

The weather in 1998 was somehow classic, very contrasted as it often is in Champagne; we also had a particularly hot August, breaking a record set in 1962. We watched nervously as days where the temperature crept up to 39°C started to grill the leaves in the vineyard, creating damage of between 5 to 10% of the potential harvest.

Then at the end of the month, heavy rains caused more consternation as to how this would affect the grapes, so it was with relief that by early September dry, mild weather cheered everyone up. Perfect conditions for harvesting in the third week of September, and despite sharp climatic contrasts, 1998 will be remembered as a year of quantity as well as high quality grapes.
 

First tastings immediately showed wines had been affected by the extremely hot August. The challenge was to capture the circumstance of the year in our blend while looking for the necessary ageing potential. This is where the Chardonnays of the year, especially those from the beginning of the harvest, from the Côte des Blancs and also those from our vineyards in Trépail played a key role in calming the opulence of the other wines of the year by re-injecting the necessary dynamism to guarantee good ageing potential.
By the time we completed our blending proposition to tell this story of 1998, it was clear the Chardonnays were shining stars (46%). Almost all the Pinot Noirs (35%) were selected from the southern Mountain of Reims, which explains the solid foundation of Krug 1998, and finally the Meuniers (19%), mainly selected from the left side of the Marne Valley, Leuvrigny, less sunny than the right side gave the final touch and unique freshness.  

This was my first vintage at the House of Krug and I remember when the blend was proposed by Mr Henri Krug, I made all the calculations, and after reading so many documents at the house I knew Krug Champagnes were always driven mainly by Pinot Noirs. So when I commented on this predominance of Chardonnay, Henri Krug quickly responded by saying that in a year where the winners were the Chardonnays, the story should be a tribute to that winner. It was only the second time the house had written such a similar story, the first being back in 1981.


For the tasting committee, Krug 1998 shares the round and warm characteristics of 1989 as well as the extreme elegance and freshness of Krug 1988. Krug 1998 is a story of astonishing purity, precision, elegance and a very long finish.

 

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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 1998

Krug 1998 offers astonishing purity, precision, elegance and a very long finish. For the House of Krug, a focus on Chardonnay for Krug’s 1998 vintage was an obvious choice due to the outstanding personality of Chardonnay grapes of that year. This vintage is known as our Hommage au Chardonnay as it is only the second Krug vintage, after 1981, where Chardonnay dominates. It has an extremely high ageing potential.


 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2013 2012 2010
268€ +9.4% 245€ -4.3% 256€ +55.2% 165€

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

36 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Straw and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Flavorful

flavors

Toasty, Mineral, Citrus, White fruits, Vanilla and Honey

nose

Open, Complex, Seductive and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, High tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Medium-bodied, Sharp, Fresh, Firm, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Fine and Intelligent

Written Notes

Krug 1998 (Bottle, Magnum and Jero)  Of the three sizes, the Jero was disgorged the most recently and was by far the youngest to taste with seemingly very little development.  The Magnum was the most rewarding now and still a little disappointing despite this. There is no doubt though that the Jero will be the best bottle in time. 17.5

  • 91p
Ripe apple, flowers, spices, citrus, minerality, hint of caramel and brioche. After 15min in the glass some rye bread aromas evolved.
  • 94p
Good looking double magnum size bottle.
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  • 93p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Glass Time

1h

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Inside Information

Krug 1998 could be enjoyed with fish with fine flesh such as sea bass or turbot accompanied by lemon sauces or citrus fruits, as well as spicy or exotic dishes (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai), with crystallised ginger and other spices

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 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1998  ( Krug )

Krug 1998 (Bottle, Magnum and Jero)  Of the three sizes, the Jero was disgorged the most recently and was by far the youngest to taste with seemingly very little development.  The Magnum was the most rewarding now and still a little disappointing despite this. There is no doubt though that the Jero will be the best bottle in time. 17.5

13d 8h ago

94p
 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1998  ( Krug )

"Krug 1998 (Bottle, Magnum and Jero) Of the three sizes, the Jero was disgorged the most recently and was by far the youngest to taste with seemingly very little development. The Magnum was the most rewarding now and still a little disappointing despite this. There is no doubt though that the Jero will be the best bottle in time. 17.5"

1y 6m ago

94p
 Chef dalTony, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1998  ( Krug )

"Intense, opulent and beautiful wine. Aromas of candied citrus, apricots, briche and epicerie"

4y 2m ago

94p
 Markus Kihlström, Wine Blogger (Finland)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1998  ( Krug )

"Ripe apple, flowers, spices, citrus, minerality, hint of caramel and brioche.
After 15min in the glass some rye bread aromas evolved."

4y 2m ago

93p
 Edward Cuvée, Wine Dealer (France)  tasted  Krug Vintage 1998  ( Krug )

"Nice Krug tasting organized by Moët-Hennessy :) Krug we like. "

5y 7m ago

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