Krug Collection 1990 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
97+ AG / 97 BH
Krug's just-released 1990 Collection is magnificent. Remarkably fresh for a 26 year-old wine, the 1990 Collection captures the Krug house style at its very best. Floral notes meld into hints of apricot, chamomile, orchard fruit, vanillin and sweet spices. On the palate, the 1990 is creamy, vivid and super-expressive, but what is most intriguing is how fresh the Collection is relative to Vintage Champagne, which has always been a heavier, more oxidative wine. Readers who can find the 1990 should not hesitate, as it is stellar. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Each bottle from this collection carries a unique Number Plate in addition to the Krug ID# found on the back label.
Krug Collection 1990 is the time’s second revelation of Krug 1990. Kept for over 25 years in the Krug cellars, it has blossomed into its second life. Opulence, creaminess and freshness come together to build a beautiful harmony of elegant and silky character, enhanced by a very long finish.
Krug Collection 1990 is the result of a classically contrasted Champagne climate: a particularly mild winter with no snow, followed by sharp frosts in early April and a spell of lighter frosts later in the month.
June, though cool at times, brought favorable conditions, which heralded a hot, sunny summer. The wines of the year were rich and balanced with great structure.
To express the character of this year, the composition includes powerful Pinot Noir (40%), elegant and round Chardonnays (37%), and very fresh Meunier (23%).
Now, over 25 years after its creation, Krug Collection 1990 beams with astonishing youth and exuberance.
A blend of wines with fruit, great structure, elegance and distinction, Krug Collection 1990 has a new adventure to live and share.
Krug Collection 1990 is part of the House of Krug’s unique trilogy of three exceptional years: 1988, 1989, 1990 - all very different Champagnes.
At Krug, decisions are made by tasting - Krug Collection 1990 is being revealed before Krug Collection 1988, as it has not quite been deemed ready yet. - Eric Lebel, Cellar Master, Krug
Tasting note: 1990 is one of my favorite vintages ever for this storied cuvée because while the vintage was on the riper side the high yields allowed the fruit to retain a very good level of acidity which made for balanced and ageworthy wines. While I have had the pleasure of tasting the '90 on a number of occasions since its release, the last time was alongside the 1985 and the 1988, and as admirable as those two vintages are, the 1990 is head and shoulders above them to my taste. The fantastically complex nose is comprised of an abundance of yeast and toast characters that don't completely dominate the essence of apple, pear, citrus, spice, acacia blossom and discreet orange peel scents. There is equally good depth to the delicious, full-bodied and powerful flavors that possess a lovely sense of vibrancy thanks to the still firm but fine mousse that shapes the delineated, delicious and impeccably well-balanced finale. In my view 1990 is one of the greatest vintages for this wine of the last 25 years and one that is still drinking well. While there is no additional upside development to be hand, neither is there any rush to drink up as this should continue to hold effortlessly for years to come. Allen Meadows - Burghound