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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. 

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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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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.

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Vintage 2002

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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Average Bottle Price

2018
2 660€

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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.

  • 98p

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.

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

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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. Tasted in Reims, April 2018.

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