98 Points Tyson Stelzer
I was never going to feature Krug 1998 in Wine Taste. Not that it isn’t superior to the recently launched 2000 but because if you’re going to bang $500 on a bottle of Krug, you must hunt down the 1996. Then, out of nowhere, Vintage Cellars advertised the 1998 for $300 (for the next three days). Vintage Krug at the price of non-vintage – preposterous! The second vintage in history in which chardonnay has led, making this a Krug of sensational fruit velocity and power, astonishing complexity, yet utter control and agility. It froths with whitewash of mouthfilling, salty minerality, lingering and splashing long and strong. If you’ve always wished, now is your moment. Drink 2012 - 2028.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste.
95 Points Robert Parker
Krug''s 1998 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking today, as the classic Krug style is rich, alive and totally vivid. Honey, almonds, smoke, graphite and dried apricots are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this rich, enveloping Champagne. A wine of texture and depth, the 1998 impresses for its vinous personality and terrific balance. Lively veins of underlying acidity suggest the 1998 will drink well for many years to follow. This is one of the best bottles of the 1998 I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2038.
Source: Robert Parker (eRobertParker.com) by Antonio Galloni. January, 2012
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