Krug Brut 1988, Champagne, France
PRESS: Wine Spectator - 98 points. "A superb Champagne and still youthful. Honey, ginger, lemon confit, coffee and mineral aromas and flavors come to mind, all kept focused by a firm, tightly wound structure. The finish is where its pedigree shines through, lingering like warm gingerbread and coffee. 5,000 cases made."
Vinous - 97 points.
Region/Appellation: Champagne Brut
Country Hierarchy: Champagne, France
Grape/Blend: Champagne Blend (50% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 18% Meunier)
Food Suggestion: Its delicacy and elegance contrast deliciously with rich, unctuous dishes such as turbot in hollandaise sauce, bass in butter, chicken with cream sauce and desserts with a base of dried fruits and almonds. Dishes bearing hints of vanilla would also be wonderful companions.
Wine Style: Sparkling - Complex and Traditional
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Colour: Deep, intense golden colour announcing maturity, opulence, harmony and elegance.
Aroma: Exotic, complex nose consisting of white fruits, truffle, spices, honey, slightly browned apples and a hint of high-toned flowers, with a gentle nuttiness in the background.
Taste: Long, fresh and elegant palate, it is full of sensations: orange blossom, dried figs, ripe quince, mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger combined with tones of maple syrup, dark chocolate, coffee, honey, as well as roasted notes. It has a crystal and long finish with undertones of mineral and spices.