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  • Country ranking ?

    102
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    risotto with morel mushrooms &

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Krug Collection 1990 is the result of a classically contrasted Champagne climate: a particularly mild winter with no snow, followed by sharp frosts in early April and a spell of lighter frosts later in the month.

June, though cool at times, brought favorable conditions, which heralded a hot, sunny summer. The wines of the year were rich and balanced with great structure.

To express the character of this year, the composition includes powerful Pinot Noir (40%), elegant and round Chardonnays (37%), and very fresh Meunier (23%).

Now, over 25 years after its creation, Krug Collection 1990 beams with astonishing youth and exuberance.

A blend of wines with fruit, great structure, elegance and distinction, Krug Collection 1990 has a new adventure to live and share.

Krug Collection 1990 is part of the House of Krug’s unique trilogy of three exceptional years: 1988, 1989, 1990 - all very different Champagnes. 

At Krug, decisions are made by tasting - Krug Collection 1990 is being revealed before Krug Collection 1988, as it has not quite been deemed ready yet.

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The Story

Time’s second revelation of Krug Vintage. A very limited number of bottles of each Krug Vintage are kept in ideal conditions at the House of Krug cellars. Tasted and appraised, they are waiting to blossom into a second life, a life that exalts time and reveals a new facet of this Champagne. Krug Vintage thus becomes Krug Collection. Time then takes on a new, hitherto unknown meaning.

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Wine Information

Krug Collection 1990 Is Unique:Krug Collection 1990 is part of the House of Krug's unique trilogy of three exceptional years: 1988, 1989, 1990; all very different Champagnes. 

At Krug decisions are made by tasting and Krug Collection 1990 is being revealed before Krug Collection 1988, which has been deemed not quite ready yet. Very Krug! 

Krug Collection bottles are numbered in descending order according to the amount remaining in Krug's cellars. They are guaranteed by Krug with a certificate of authenticity signed by Olivier Krug, Director of the House and sixth generation of the Krug family, which can be provided upon request.

The Year Of 1990:

A very mild winter with no snow, followed by sharp frosts in early April and a spell of lighter frosts later in the month. June, though cool at times, brought favourable conditions, which heralded a hot, sunny summer. The wines of the year were rich and balanced with great structure. 

Krug Collection 1990 In Essence:

Krug Collection 1990 is the second life of Krug 1990, which is a blend of very complete and balanced wines, of great architecture. Power with fruit, elegance and distinction. To express the character of this year, the composition includes powerful Pinot Noir (40%), elegant and round Chardonnays (37%), and very fresh Meunier (23%).  Now, over 25 years after its creation, Krug Collection 1990 beams with astonishing youth and exuberance.

 

Winemakers tasting note:

At first sight, a deep golden tone expressing both the sunshine and generosity of the year. On the nose, indulgent notes of plum tart, cinnamon, crème pâtissière and gingerbread. On the palate, opulence and creaminess combined with an amazing freshness, a lively festival of flavours: spices, brioche, candied, caramelized, citrus and dried fruit as well as notes of apricot, grapefruit, orange marmalade and lemon pie with lightly toasted nuts and a drizzle of fine liquid honey. A very long finish enhances the experience.

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Vintage 1990

Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..

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Krug 1990 Collection – A stellar vintage from the Collection series. Originally, these were simply vintage bottles under cork which were held in the cellars for extra time. Now, under yet another innovation from CEO/President Maggie Henriquez, Collection Series bottles are held on lees for the extra period. In truth, I'm not sure which this was, but whatever road it took to get to this place, well worth it. Magnificent. Mandarins, crème brulee, quince and honeycomb. Apricot, nougat and even an Yquem-like note without the sweetness. So complex and yet still so full of life. If champagne gets any better than this, I want to know about it. 100.

  • 100p

The 1973 Krug Collection Magnum was younger and showed much younger.  There was more of a mineral backbone with lots of zip.  This was very perfumed and had the best of both worlds of young and mature Champagne.  Someone commented it was ‘softer than ’59,’ and there were lighter apple flavors (95M).

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ID 314056. Disgorged summer 2014. Second release. 40% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Meunier. The weather in 1990 was somehow classic: a very mild winter with no snow, followed by sharp frosts in early April and a spell of lighter frosts later in the month. Now over 25 years in the cellar. Just 6,586 bottles were kept in the cellars and each is individually numbered.
Tasted blind. Pale bronze. Lots of magnificent decay here on the nose. Relatively rich with low acid. Broad and very fully evolved. Rather sweet. 1989? Not that fresh overall – perhaps a badly stored bottle?

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Krug Collection 1990 is the perfect accompaniment to a risotto with morel mushrooms, duck with caramelised turnips, or boudin blanc with truffles. For dessert, it pairs beautifully with a tiramisu with gingerbread and bitter orange, cooked apples topped with toasted slivered almonds or simply some slices of aged Comté cheese.

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