Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 2002

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Description & Technical Information
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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 0.68-hectare site was purchased in 1994 and the first vintage was produced in 1995. Kept an absolute secret until its release in 2007, Olivier revealed: "We even kept it a secret from Moët for some years!" Clos d'Ambonnay is an extremely rare and exclusive champagne produced only in the very best vintages. Just 4743 bottles and 240 magnums of Clos d'Ambonnay were produced in 2002, each individually numbered.

Krug ID: 415067 | Each bottle of Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 2002 has a Krug ID on the back label which enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Krug website.

Weather: The climate of the year 2002 was generous, consistently mild and relatively dry. The high point of this exceptionally clement year was its long summer of warm days and cool nights that offered the ideal conditions for grapes maturation. The harvest at Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay took place in one day on September 21st and afforded grapes in excellent condition and fine health.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Clos d'Ambonnay
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 14 years on the lees
Alcohol: 12.5%
Disgorged: 2017
Drink: Now to 2025

Tasting Note: At first sight, a bright and luminous golden colour. On the nose aromas of gingerbread, candied orange peel and hints of hazelnut. The palate is a bountiful expression with an elegant structure of citrus fruits and a long finish.
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 415067. Bottled when Clos d’Ambonnay was still an unreleased experiment. The first vintage, 1995, was released in 2007. Half of the 0.34-ha (0.84-acre) plot, hardly enough to fill a full press, has been replanted ‘the Krug way’.
Quite a bit of age, though more on the side of big and bold than subtle nuance. Firm finish. Very long indeed.”
98/100
Antonio Galloni MW
“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. ”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“ID 415067. Bottled when Clos d’Ambonnay was still an unreleased experiment. The first vintage, 1995, was released in 2007. Half of the 0.34-ha (0.84-acre) plot, hardly enough to fill a full press, has been replanted ‘the Krug way’.
Quite a bit of age, though more on the side of big and bold than subtle nuance. Firm finish. Very long indeed.”
News Articles
  1. Krug Grande Cuvée & Vintage Vertical Tasting: 2000-2010

    Krug Grande Cuvée & Vintage Vertical Tasting: 2000-2010

    October 22, 2018

    At our most recent tasting at 67 Pall Mall, guests blind tasted Krug Grande Cuvée Editions 162-166 NV (2006-2010), and Krug Vintages 2000-2004, including Krug 2000 from magnum. Find out which champagnes were the highest rated on the evening here.
  2. Jancis Robinson: Krug vintage vertical back to 1988

    Jancis Robinson: Krug vintage vertical back to 1988

    January 31, 2018

    Read Jancis Robinson’s report of our outstanding Krug vintage vertical tasting last November. "This would have been a dream tasting anyway, but I particularly love tasting a group of wines blind."
  3. Krug: A Visit to Clos du Mesnil & The New Krug Maison

    Krug: A Visit to Clos du Mesnil & The New Krug Maison

    September 4, 2017

    We visited Krug over August bank holiday weekend with Jancis Robinson MW. With an unexpected visit to Clos du Mesnil, a tour of the new Maison, a mini-vertical tasting and dinner at the house, it was well-worth the long drive!
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