The 1998 Vintage is extremely primary at this stage. Today the wine remains mostly about a pure, unadulterated expression of fruit, but the Krug house style is nevertheless present. This powerful Champagne needs time in the cellar to develop its full range of aromas and flavors, but it is impressive and should age quite well. The 1998 is only the third (and last) vintage Krug declared in the 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (180), December 2008|
Gorgeous aromas of lemon, peach, toast, leather and spices. Theattack is rich and forceful, backed by a racy structure that keepsit pure and drives the finish. Perhaps not as expansive on the aftertasteto match the attack, but long nonetheless, with spice andminerals lingering. Still needs time. Best from 2012 through 2035.
|Score: 95||Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Insider, October 2009|
This is both refined and opulent from start to finish. Whole grain toast, roasted almond, honey and lemon aromas and flavors grab your attention and the fresh character and firm acidity holds it. Well integrated and graceful, it ends with a dry, spice and mineral aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2030.
|Score: 94||Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2008|
Very firm, very '8' (almost reminiscent of 1988 in its slightly austerity on the nose). Tightly laced - actually on the palate it is much much richer than the 1988 was at this stage - really very approachable and attractive. More obvious pzazz than the 1995 at this early stage. Creamy - embroidered somehow and very dense and layered. I like it! Date tasted 13th Feb 09.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2009|
Vivid gold. Deeply pitched aromas of candied citrus fruits, pear skin, peach, anise and smoky herbs, with slow-building florality. Toasty and broad, showing impressive power and focus to its ripe orange and pit fruit flavors. Brighter on the finish, which hangs on with excellent tenacity and leaves behind notes of candied nuts, flowers and citrus pith. This Champagne has loosened up a bit since I tasted it last year and is showing more complexity, but it still deserves some patience, or at least an hour of air.
|Score: 94||Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, November 2011|
Tasted at Berry Brothers & Rudd. A very fine mousse. The nose is quite tight and requires some coaxing from the glass with slightly grassy aromas at first, but giving way to hints of yellow flowers, smoke, flint, a hint of wet pavement and morning dew. The palate has wonderful delineation upon entry, very natural and harmonious, like the Grande Cuvee exuding a sense of effortlessness. Touches of freshly cut lime, leading to a stony mid-palate with lovely focus and great poise. A spine tingling edgy finish with a touch of brioche on the lingering aftertaste. Tasted October 2008.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2008|
Bright true gold with a brisk bead. Deeply concentrated honey, pear skin, orange peel, peach pit, botanical herb and floral aromas are brightened by smoky minerals. Chewy citrus and pit fruit flavors stain the palate and are given a youthfully tangy edge by nervy acidity, gaining strength with air. Finishes with powerful grip and resounding echoes of honey and citrus pith. A serious, painfully young wine that needs patience; I wouldn't go near it for at least another six or seven years.
|Score: 94+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, December 2008|