Krug Clos d'Ambonnay
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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1996
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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1996 Champagne

More vintages: 1998, 2000Just five years after Joseph Krug founded the Champagne House in 1843, he documented his great vision for Krug. In his notebook, he revealed the principles of creating a champagne of great richness and yet great elegance, of selecting only the finest elements from the greatest terroirs, rejecting mediocre fruit and making both a non-vintage and a vintage cuvée (revolutionary at the time). Discovered by Olivier Krug just four years ago, the ideals in this notebook and Krug's resolute commitment to them, has secured it's position as the most luxurious and exclusive of all champagnes.

In 1991, just two years after Olivier joined Krug, a clos surrounded by a protective wall since 1766 was found in Ambonnay, Krug's favourite village and largest source of Pinot Noir. The tiny site of 0.68 hectares was purchased in 1994, and the first vintage was produced in 1995. Kept an absolute secret until its release in 2007, Olivier reveals, "We even kept it a secret from Moët for some years!" Extremely wide temperature variations as the grapes were coming to the end of the cycle in the vineyard, with warm, sunny days and very cold nights, resulted in ripened grapes with an extremely high freshness. This weather pattern in 1996 exalted the finesse of Krug Clos d'Ambonnay's Pinot Noir grapes.

Light gold colour with slight hints of violet, recalling its Pinot Noir origins. Sumptuous aromas of plum tart, brioche, hazelnuts and citrus fruits emerge. The palate is incredibly concentrated, lots of autumn fruits, an amazing freshness enhanced by very fine bubbles and a very long finish. This 1996 is still early in its development and will continue to age for many years before it nears its peak, probably in the early 2020’s.

Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir

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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay,
Jul 2011
“This flight of 1996s provided plenty of context. The 1996 Clos d'Ambonnay is very similar to the Clos du Mesnil in this vintage. It has the same piercing purity and minerality with the heft of the Pinot still to fully emerge. Hints of menthol, spices and berries wrap around the eternal finish. Clos d'Ambonnay, from a single, walled-in parcel in the village of Ambonnay, is in many ways the red equivalent of Clos du Mesnil. ”,
Apr 2011
“Medium straw in color, the nose is profoundly scented of apple tart, lightly toasted hazelnuts, orange blossom, brioche, and granola with subtle nuances of crushed stones, musk and honeycomb. The palate is incredibly concentrated, crisp and taut with great richness matched by very fine bubbles and a very long, steely finish. There's definitely a lot more to come from this wine but it's looking very fine now.”,
Oct 2010
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“Overt and expressive nose of toast, honey, red apple, earthy spiciness and finely integrated touch of oak. Some oxidative nuances too. Explosively fruity palate that is lifted by a remarkable acidic back bone. Great vivacity, intensity and near-eternal length. The palate takes the oak very well, merging it into the seamless complexity of super intense flavours.”
Wine Companion,
Feb 2010
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“This is an intensely aromatic champagne, with a spiced plum, citrus and vanilla bouquet leading into what at first seems an astonishingly fine (almost to the point of delicate) palate. On re-tasting, the explosive power on the back-palate and finish takes over, with a pyrotechnic display of the racy acidity of the ‘96 vintage. It is at the opposite end of the universe to the Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, also 100 per cent pinot noir. If kept in a humidified 12ºC to 14ºC cellar, d’Ambonnay will live for 50 years, and will need not less than 20 to start to display all its secrets.”
Bought directly from Moet Hennessey UK Ltd, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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