1995 Krug "Clos d'Ambonnay" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne

SKU #1036311 98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Thrown in as a ringer, the 1995 Clos d’Ambonnay is a real treat to taste next to the 1996. In particular, tasting both vintages together shows that that 1995 is the more complete of these two first releases of Krug’s single-vineyard Champagne from Ambonnay. Finely-cut fruit, expressive aromatics and exceptional textural finesse are the signatures. This is another fabulous showing from the 1995 Clos d’Ambonnay. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Full-bodied and deep, featuring graphite, toast, leather and spice notes augmented by citrus and mineral. This is dry and backed by a racy structure, with a long, structure-driven finish, replete with spice and citrus accents. A Champagne for food or contemplation. (BS, Web-2009) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

This single-vineyard Champagne is the rarest (and most expensive) in the world. Produced from just one-and-a-half acres (one-third the size of the Clos de Mesnil) of Pinot Noir within the village itself of Ambonnay, there were only 3000 bottles made from 11 tiny 200-liter Krug casks. The Clos itself has been around since the year 1700, and the Krug family has been getting the grapes from here for three generations. In 1994 they bought the vineyard, changed the pruning methods and made their first single-vineyard wine from the Clos the following year--the 1995 vintage. The wine has an encyclopedia of descriptors on its very complex nose: chalk, fine mineral-infused black cherry fruit and brioche. The aroma is so seamless and integrated that it quickly becomes clear that the wine is on the highest possible level. It is compact and layered, with none of the heaviness that one would expect from a 100% Pinot Noir, barrel-fermented 13 year old offering. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2009 | Send Email
Tasting this Champagne with the Krug family in the vineyard where it was grown was an experience I will never forget. It is an all Pinot Noir statement from one walled vineyard. Only 3,000 bottles were made of this inaugural vintage! Singular, inimitable, great Champagne for the collector.

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