1988 Krug Vintage Champagne

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1988 Krug Vintage Champagne

Krug 1988 is a beautiful Champagne of extreme elegance and refinement with perfect roundness and length.   

Emblematic of the House’s craftsmanship, Krug 1988 is an expressive vintage, as opulent and sensual as the vintages of 1982, 1976, 1964 and 1947. 

Tasting Notes

At the House of Krug, every Krug Vintage celebrates the distinct character of a particular year. A Krug Vintage is a blend of the most expressive wines from a single year enhanced by a stay of over ten years in the cellars. Every Krug Vintage is different: it is the Music of the Year, captured by Krug.

Upright structure and the solid acidity not found in particularly hot years, Krug 1988 reveals sharp purity. In the mouth, it is full of sensations: orange blossom, dry figs, ripe quince, and mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger. With a crystal finish and lingering palate, Krug 1988 is a treasure trove of emblematic savoir-faire from the House of Krug.

 1988 Krug Vintage Champagne

Krug 1988 is Unique

The first of the trilogy of Krug Vintages of 1988, 89 and 90 – a feat never again repeated at the House of Krug – 1988 is undoubtedly the subtle elder sister of 1989’s louder, younger exuberance. Krug 1988 stayed a bit close for quite some time, nearly austere at the beginning but today after more than 20 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. The House is confident this Vintage will take a while to emerge as a future Krug Collection and will be always a timeless always impressive Champagne. Krug 1988 is the most highly-rated Champagne in the world in the last 25 years (wine-searcher 2014). 

1988 Vintage

The year 1988 alternated perfectly between heat and rain, a year without excesses that created the conditions for a slow maturation, a level of sugar accumulated perfectly for a moderate combustion of acidity giving extremely balanced harvested grapes. A year not highly productive with very high acidity level as well as very high level of maturation. The perfect equilibrium between freshness and maturity. 

Krug 1988 in Essence

Being 1988 such a particular year, the creation of Krug 1988 was obvious. Krug 1988 is a blend of very refined and promising wines with solid structure, high acidity, extreme elegance, directness, purity, crystal, and sharp finish. To create Krug 1988 wines were selected from 21 villages. Pinot Noirs (50%), Chardonnays (32%), and Meuniers (18%) gave birth to a reserved, elegant, very classy, and stylish vintage. With its perfect highly fresh structure, this is an exquisite Vintage of extreme elegance and refinement. 

Please Note

A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!


Year 1988
Bottle Size 750ml
Pinot Noir (50%), Chardonnay (32%) and Meunier (18%) from 21 different villages in the region.
Country France
Alcohol content 12.5% abv
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
Type Champagne
Food Matches The delicacy, elegance and charm of Krug 1988 creates a delicious contrast with rich and unctuous dishes. Perfect with turbot in hollandaise sauce, bass in butter, chicken served with a cream sauce and desserts with a base of dried fruits. Both almonds and dishes bearing hints of vanilla would also be wonderful companions, enlivening the most daring of palates. 
Origin Champagne - France
Appellation AOC Champagne