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Good Afternoon Josh, I recently stumbled upon a local wine merchant in NJ that still had a bottle of 1988 Krug for sale for $199.99.  I am wary of this low price, and am unaware of how the bottle was stored.  Regardless, I obviously purchased the bottle immediately, and did not notice any ullage or other faults with the bottle.  There is a fair amount of particulates in the bottle, which I'm assuming are tartrates.  What are your thoughts on the condition of this bottle, assuming that it was stored vertically at around 65 degrees, give or take, since disgorgement.  I plan on drinking this in two weeks for Thanksgiving, or holding until Christmas at the latest.  Also, regarding temperature, possible decanting,  etc... how should I serve this bottle?  Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

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Eric,
It sounds like got a real find. Good Champagne ages well because the CO2 acts as a preservative. Assuming it was not exposed to high temperatures it should prove a real treat. Very cold is always best for Champagne, don't decant it, just chill it pop it and pour. The tartates are to be expected and will not affect the taste. Happy Holidays!  

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I can answer most any question about wine- types, styles, grape varieties, regions, vintages, proper storage, production, wine and food pairing, wine service, decanting, proper glassware, serving temperatures etc. Regarding questions about specific bottles of wine, since I live in the U.S. my focus is on wines imported here. I can't answer questions about spirits and liquor valuations.

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I have over 20 years of experience. I was a wine buyer and sommelier in NYC for many years including 4 years at Windows on the World which was NY's number one wine restaurant. I created and taught a Wine Appreciation Course at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I have worked for the past 15 years for the Wine Enthusiast Cos. as Editor, Columnist, Wine Storage Consultant and am currently Wine Director and Buyer for their online wine website wineexpress.com, I recently judged in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Follow me on Twitter @WEX_Josh

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Diversions Magazine

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Windows on the World Wine School- completed all courses from beginning to advanced. Former member of the Sommelier Society of NY. Competed in the Food and Wines of France Sommelier Competition. Traveled to wine regions in Europe including, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Rioja, and Jerez. Visited wine regions in NY's Finger Lakes, California's Sonoma, Napa and Central Coast and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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