Krug Brut 1998 Champagne

Krug Brut 1998 is a vintage prestige cuvee champagne. This highly rated champagne is finely balanced, harmonious, refined, and complex. Krug Brut 1998 is everything you want in a brilliant champagne. Ratings and details are provided for this prestige cuvee.

Krug Brut 1998
Sweetness Level:
Category: Basic Prestige Cuvée: Yes
Ratings (on a scale of 100)
Champagne 411 96 Sept. 2012   Average Retail Price
Wine Enthusiast 96 12/01/10   (750 ml bottle) $260
Wine Spectator 98 11/30/12    

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Medium yellow/gold with very fine steady energetic bubbles.
Aroma/bouquet: Lemon pie, hazelnut, gingerbread, honey, pure minerality.
Palate: Peach, citrus, brioche, smoke, saline minerality, hints of nutmeg. Long finish.
Additional comments: Finely balanced, harmonious, refined, complex. Everything you want in a brilliant champagne.
When to drink: Krug Brut 1998 Champagne is ready to drink now through 2030.

Brut 1998 Details
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Label: Krug Brut 1998
Champagne Krug
Wine Category:
Sparkling Wine
Region & Country:
Champagne, France
Type (Style):
Sweetness Level: Brut
Dosage: na
Prestige cuvée: Yes
Vineyards: NA
Grapes: Blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with Chardonnay dominating.
Alcohol: 12%

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Krug Brut 1998

Krug uses the méthode champenoise for their champagne production. The Brut 1998 is composed of a blend of the main champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with Chardonnay dominating. Using Chardonnay as the predominant grape is somewhat unusual for the Krug Vintage Champagne which typically focuses on Pinot Noir and also prizes Pinot Meunier. Hot weather during the 1998 vintage brought about more freshness in Chardonnay than in the red grapes. Krug's 1998 vintage is known as their "Hommage au Chardonnay". It was only the second vintage since 1981 with a predominance of Chardonnay. Each Krug Vintage Champagne is made to be different and reveal the true expression of the harvest year. Krug Brut 1998 spent over 10 years in the cellars before release.

Krug is unique in many of its viticulture and winemaking practices. Grapes from the best plots throughout the area are vinified separately during the primary fermentation in 205 liter old oak barrels. After fermentation and a few short weeks in the barrel, wine is transferred to reserve tanks. The composition for the blend for final bottle fermentation is determined solely by taste. Although many of their grapes come from grand cru vineyards, tasting is what drives the decision as to what will be used at Krug. A tasting panel tastes each wine blind over a period of months from fall to spring with no concern as to whether it is a grand cru or even a premier cru. Anything that does not fit intro Krug's standard of perfection is relegated to one of the other Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy holdings.

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