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Krug Clos D’Ambonnay 2002 is the fifth Champagne from this unique plot of Pinot Noir. The first was created with the harvest of 1995.
▪The clement circumstances of 2002 gave the year’s grapes a rare beauty and unique character, making this year exceptional and giving rise to a generosity of flavours and aromas.
▪The harvest afforded 4743 bottles and 240 magnums, all individually numbered.
▪As with all Krug Champagnes, Clos d’Ambonnay 2002 will continue to gain with the passage of time.
▪ The full story of every bottle is revealed via its Krug iD, the six digits on the back label.
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.
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 2002 exalts the individuality, purity and intensity of a tiny walled plot of vines in the village of Ambonnay, of a single grape variety, Pinot Noir, and a single year, 2002.
After beautifully clement weather throughout the growing season, the harvest at the Clos d’Ambonnay offered an intense expression of nature’s resplendent generosity in the year 2002.
The House of Krug chooses to create Krug Clos d’Ambonnay only in years that succeed in fully expressing the potential of this 0.68-hectare walled plot located in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for Pinot Noir grapes in Champagne.
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 2002 delights with its shimmering golden glow and elegantly structured palate that reveals a tremendous fullness and intensity, enhanced by a very long finish with a final hint of citrus notes.
A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.
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