100/100: Krug 2008, Perfect Champagne From A Great Vintage
We are thrilled to offer a very sharply-priced parcel of the magnificent 2008 Krug Vintage. As one of the superstars of the benchmark 2008 vintage, this is a phenomenal Champagne that is hugely rated already and has epic potential. It is a Champagne that you cannot have too much of in your portfolio.
A great year for Champagne, 2008 has captured the imagination of collectors across the globe in an unprecedented fashion. The best have crystalline purity and precision with a dazzling acidity that means immense ageing potential. As a result, they are some of the most in-demand fine wines on the global market. Krug‘s is one of the best of the best.
Unsurprisingly, scores from the critics are massive. James Sucking leads the way with 100 points for this flawless vintage. Just a point behind is Decanter, with Charles Curtis calling it “in perfect balance”, and Wine Spectator, who found it “a supernova of sensation with each sip”.
Details are below:
2008 Krug Vintage
(6*75cl OC) @ £2,400 per case in bond
100 points James Suckling
This is very structured and framed with an almost red sensibility. Very phenolic. Full-bodied in a tightly wound ball with so much going on. Very pinot like. Mineral and stone. Shell and stone. Iodine. Vinous. The bubbles just fade into the finish of the wine, which goes on for minutes. Turns to toffee and salted caramel with time in the glass. One for the cellar. Great length. Blend of 53% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier, 22% chardonnay. Disgorged in beginning of 2020. Drink or hold
. (2021) www.jamessuckling.com
99 points Decanter (Charles Curtis MW)
Just at the beginning of its life, this powerful and structured wine is still a bit restrained, yet even at this stage there are exquisite aromas of ripe pear, marzipan and spice. Although the aromas are still not very expressive, the texture and feel on the palate give the impression of immense potential. There is plenty of extract and thrilling acidity, but always in perfect balance. As Cavil notes: ‘This is a wine marked by verticality and intensity’. The wine was disgorged with an extra-brut dosage in the summer of 2020. This will live for 50 years at least
. (2022) www.decanter.com
99 points Wine Spectator
There’s a supernova of sensation with each sip of this powerful version, starting with the vivid streak of mouthwatering acidity that drives a rich panoply of ripe black currant, mandarin orange peel and grilled nut flavors, accented by hints of candied ginger, briny oyster shell, verbena and ground cardamom. This burns bright from start to finish, yet it’s fine integration and lovely, raw silk–like mousse pull it all together into a seamless, vibrant package. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2038
Offered subject to final confirmation and remaining unsold. Available in the UK in around 6 weeks.
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