TN 1998 Krug Champagne

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TN 1998 Krug Champagne

Post by Brad Baker » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:25 pm

This is a rather overlooked vintage of Krug. Due to price hikes, the economy, and having to follow the 96, this has been vastly ignored and hasn't sold all that well. With the price falling back towards $200, this should pique more interest as it is a very, very good wine that is drinking well now, butalso has a long and bright future ahead of it. I opened a bottle last night and here are my thoughts on it:

It starts off with a great nose of roasted nuts, some vanila biscuit, and plenty of tart citrus. The palate is quite lively, but also fairly full bodied with apple and vanilla mixing with some biscuit and nuts. Still, at its core this has great acidity and will age very nicely. Shows very, very well with warmth and plenty of room in the glass to breathe. A top notch 98 that should not be slept on.

For those of you that have tried it, what did you think?
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Post by Christer Byklum » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:23 am

If the prices are going towards $200 I will pick up a few bottles for my next US trip, they are closer to $300 over here.

To me 98 is not even close to the 95 or 96 vintages, but they are still very good champagnes, and some of the best. But the 98 Clos du Mesnil took my breath away, that is so complex, layered and elegant it's unbelievable.

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Post by Brad Baker » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:08 pm

Christer,

While the 98 Krug is not another 82, 88, or 96, I do like it quite a bit more than the 95 which has never done it for me. As a vintage, I prefer 95 over 98 in a heartbeat, but not with Krug (unless you are talking Clos du Mesnil - I prefer the 95 for this).

The 98 started at $300 here, but has come down - similar to the 97 Salon which started at $350-$425 and has come down to $200 or below.
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Post by Jeff Leve » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:27 am

Brad... For the same money, given the choice, should consumers buy 96 Dom, or 98 Krug?

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Post by Russell Faulkner » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:00 am

I'm not Brad (last time I checked) but I would buy the Krug. Though they are totally different wines.

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Post by Brad Baker » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:37 am

Jeff,

Very different wines so you could make a call based on personal preference and be happy with either. If you don't have a preference either way, I would recommend the 96 DP.

Personally, I like the 96 DP a little more and would choose that although it is easier to find 96 DP sub $200 than it is the 98 Krug.
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Post by Christer Byklum » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:53 pm

I would also choose the 96 Dom P, a gorgeous wine.....

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Post by Blake Brown » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Brad Baker wrote:Jeff,

Very different wines so you could make a call based on personal preference and be happy with either. If you don't have a preference either way, I would recommend the 96 DP.

Personally, I like the 96 DP a little more and would choose that although it is easier to find 96 DP sub $200 than it is the 98 Krug.
Thanks Brad for posting this as I have not been on the lookout for the 98` Krug; I certainly have a fair amount of 96` DP [as well as 96` Krug] and go for any more when it`s reasonably priced as it caught my attention early on and still is showing and evolving beautifully. Now for the 98`Krug.......

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Post by Mark Neustrom » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:02 pm

How does it compare to the '88?

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Post by Brad Baker » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:21 pm

Mark,

Not even in the ballpark of the 88, but of vintages since 88, I prefer it to the 89 and 95. It drinks well right now and can still age - finding this in a vintage Krug for $200 is not typical. This is a wine to drink while continuing to cellar your 82s, 85s, 88s, 90s, and 96s.
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Post by Mark Neustrom » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:23 pm

Thanks, Brad

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