2002 Krug "Clos d'Ambonnay" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne (direct from Krug 2023)

SKU #1390462 100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The bouquet has a magnificent classicism to it, comprising notes of yellow fruits, spices including white pepper, flowers and a mineral edge. With aeration, scents of menthol emerge from the glass. The palate is upright in character, but elegant and crystalline, with a long, structured finish of chalky density. A Champagne having both thrust, tension and aerial lightness in which finesse and power are allies. A masterpiece. Krug Chef de Cave Julie Cavil said 2002 was 'the last classic year in Champagne, one without extreme elements and with optimal ripeness obtained step by step'.100% Pinot Noir from 0.68ha located in the village of Ambonnay. Dosage: 4g/l. (YC) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark After the 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000 vintages, the 2002 Blanc de Noirs Brut Clos d’Ambonnay is the fifth edition of this splendid but rare and expensive Pinot Noir. Sourced in a tiny, walled 0.68-hectare (1.7-acre) plot on a deep stratum of chalk, the 2002 offers a deep, ripe and highly elegant nose with very fine cherry and red fruit aromas in the beautifully vinous Krug style. On the palate, the 2002 is terribly fresh and finessed, highly aromatic and very mineral, with great structure and a very, very long and tensioned finish. This is a taut and expressive yet highly finessed Clos d'Ambonnay that is shining brighter and becoming more and more complex the more time it has to breathe. Breathtaking maturity, creaminess and a brioche-flavored taste of dried and candied fruit characterizes this mouthfillingly round and intense Clos d’Ambonnay whose vinous charm and depth is teasingly attractive. (SR) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

99 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Beautifully fragrant, with toast, ground coffee and saffron notes on the nose accenting the palate's concentrated range of baked black cherry, quince paste, lime blossom and crushed hazelnut flavors. Vivid, sculpted acidity and depth of flavor lend tension and muscle to this powerful Champagne, while the finely detailed mousse and seamless integration provide an overall sense of finesse and harmony. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2002 Clos d’Ambonnay is another spectacular Champagne from Krug. In fact, the 2002 may very well be the most sensual Clos d’Ambonnay yet. Opulent, intense and yet light on its feet, the 2002 has it all. Hints of ash, graphite and smoke wrap around a core of rich Pinot fruit in a powerful, riveting wine of the highest level. Chef de Caves Eric Lebel describes 2002 as a perfect growing season. “We had sun we wanted it and rain we needed it,” he told me recently. The Krug team captured everything the vintage had to offer, certainly to a far greater degree than they did with the 2002 Clos du Mesnil or Vintage. Readers who can find the 2002 Clos d’Ambonnay and who can look past the price will experience a seriously phenomenal Champagne. That’s all there is to it. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The pinot noir corollary to Clos du Mesnil, Clos d’Ambonnay steps up to a new level with the 2002 vintage. The gentle, brooding character of its initial scent may bring back ghosts and memories of great Burgundies; then the massive power of its structure may crush those memories in a quarry of stony acidity, floral citrus notes and beefy pinot fruit. This swirls with youthful power, weightless and ageless, undeniably grand. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Quite a bit of age, though more on the side of big and bold than subtle nuance. Firm finish. Very long indeed. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

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 offering. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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