Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 2000


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Tasting Notes

The most expensive young champagne in the world comes from a tiny walled vineyard in Ambonnay, a grand cru celebrated for Pinot Noir. Krug's intention was "individuality in the extreme" with the expression of Krug from a single grape variety from a single vintage and a single vineyard. At 0.67 of a hectare, Clos d'Ambonnay is about 80 rows of Pinot Noir vines, one-third the size of Krug’s other famed single vineyard Clos du Mesnil (dedicated to Chardonnay). Due to this rarity, Clos d’Ambonnay will sell for nearly three times the price. Released in September 2015, only 3000 bottles will be made of the 2000, the fourth vintage made here after the 1995,1996,1998 and 2000. Tasted on release. Light gold in colour (pale considering its age), Clos d'Ambonnnay sparkles in the glass with tiny subtle bubbles. The aromas are rich and wine-like with a dazzling array of red fruits from raspberry, cherry, to quince jam and figs with mineral notes. Full-bodied, and silky with breadth of flavours and terrific laser-like acidity and tension. The finish is intense, smoky and seriously long with notes of peaty minerality coming through. A truly remarkable Champagne for those that can afford it.

Score: 98

Albany Vintners, - 24 October 2015