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    923
  • Producer ranking ?

    45
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon Pâté

1998 was a classic year, full of contrasts, typical in Champagne with an extremely hot month of August followed by some heavy rains. In the case of Ambonnay, this resulted in astoundingly rich, delicious grapes that hinted at the wonderful potential of 1998 Krug’s Clos d'Ambonnay wines from the very first tasting sessions.

The House of Krug chose to reveal Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 because the year 1998 succeeded in fully expressing the potential of this tiny small walled plot.

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The Story

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay celebrates with the rarest of Champagnes the unique character of a particular Pinot Noir grape that of a small, walled, 0.68-hectare plot from the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for this grape variety in Champagne, and one which has played a very special role in the life of the House of Krug. Krug Clos d’Ambonnay reveals a personality with significant presence, great substance and an amazing length and finesse.

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Vintage 1998

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 has intense golden colour with hints of red tones.
Amazing aromas of milky caramel, barley sugar, toasted bread, blackcurrant, red fruit jam and jellied fruits. In the palate you may find very rich notes of wild fruits, tarte tatin, brioche, redcurrant and liquorice enhanced by an elegant long finish.

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 can be enjoyed with truffles, bold flavours, poultry and noble shellfish (common and spiny lobster). It may also be enhanced by simple but wonderful food pairings such as shavings of aged parmesan, scrambled eggs with truffles, pata negra ham fed with bellota, or toasted rustic bread with truffles and extra virgin olive oil.

“Glorious nose, truffle and musky honey, baked pastry and an extraordinary perfume of fresh vegetable garden and herbs. This is much more like the 1995, dry and rich and powerful. Less complex and precise than the 1995 but similar character. A big vintage. Heat wave few days in August. Doesn't have the electric acidity of the 95. Loaded with flavour and very giving. Ready, and probably the wine you would drink first. Generous, broad, lots of red fruit flavours, lots of pinot flavours, such a vinous character. The more it sits in the glass, the more the complex, aged Pinot flavours come out. “

 

 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Clear

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Toasty, Honey and Buttery

nose

Seductive, Tempting and Rich

recommend

Yes

Verdict

Excellent

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

8

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Inside Information

eRobertParker.com #203
Nov 2012
Antonio Galloni 93 Drink: 2012 - 2020 $1799-$2168 (2399)
The 1998 Brut Blanc de Noirs Clos d'Ambonnay reaffirms my impression from last year. The 1998 is a rich, vinous Clos d-Ambonnay with generous fruit and an inviting, open personality. Crushed flowers, plums, cherries and sweet spices all flow from the glass. Today, the 1998 is rich, deep and highly expressive. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 

There are no new vintage wines from Krug, but is always interesting to revisit these wines as they develop so much over time. The biggest news at Krug is the addition of ID Codes to the NV wines, which gives readers the opportunity to get more information on the wines (including disgorgement dates) through Krug's website. It would be great to see more of the larger houses follow suit.
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