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TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerKrug (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardClos d'Ambonnay

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2032 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Krug Clos d`Ambonnay on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.9 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BradE on 4/23/2015: Haven't had this for a while, and I thought this bottle was smoking. Definitely class in the glass. The debate at the table was between whether its built essentially for the long-term (yes), if its also very enjoyable now (again, a yes from me), or both. We had it along side the just releasing 2000 d'Ambonnay, which I liked a lot. One or two of the ten of us liked the 00 better than the 95. (244 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 4/22/2015 & rated 96 points: Light funk on the nose with savory perfume, gouda, wood notes, warm bread and oyster shell. Honeysuckle emerges with air time. Light wood and vanilla on the palate with a background sweetness. Extremely strong acidity. This wine is built for the ages, but is starting to open up for current enjoyment. This should merit an even higher score in the future. 96+ (168 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Dinner with the Best of Krug, with Olivier Krug (Northbrook, IL): Served in a complete historical vertical of Krug d'Ambonnay 1995, 1996, 1998. Like all three, I would have thought this red Pinot Noir if served blindfolded. Strawberry and raspberry throughout with some subtle spice. (1341 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 10/25/2014 & rated 96 points: A big champagne. Nose of brioche, yeast. On the palate tightly wound fruit, crystalline minerality, lots of energy. Interesting. (754 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 10/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Magnum dinner, Krug lunch and 1959 dinner, by Jan Paulson; 10/23/2014-10/24/2014 (Kronenschlösschen, Rheingau, Germany): First vintage of this famous (and extremely expensive) special-cuvee (filled only three vintages, from 100 % Pinot Noir). Sparkling, fruity, good acidity. Precise structure, impressive drinkability, but without the magic of the price tag ... Very young, so maybe his time will come in a decade? (947 views)
 Tasted by valjone on 9/15/2013: Monstrous. Needs at least an other couple of years. Acidic and tight. Drinkable the next morning and starting to show what Krug is all about. (2453 views)
 Tasted by bongos on 12/13/2012: Very pleasant and complete wine. Fine mineral and fresh red fruits. Delicious and easy to drink. I wish there was a bit more power and acidity. Very good, but the price is insane. (3322 views)
 Tasted by Barry Rothof on 3/10/2012 & rated 94 points: Krug Tasting @ Wijnhandel Peeters. (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Krug Clos d’Ambonnay celebrates, with the rarest of Champagnes, the unique character of a particular Pinot Noir grape. They are harvested in a tiny walled 0.68-hectare plot in 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’s savoir-faire has successfully revealed the depth and intensity of grapes of this single plot in the year 1996, enhanced by over twelve years in the cellar gaining finesse and elegance ... Light golden color. Aromas of brioche, hazelnuts and citrus. The palate was lasersharp with superb delineation and high-pitched acidity, yet backed by earthy fruit and tremendous character. Still a mere baby at this stage, great potential and should develop well over the next 20 years and so this cuvée I believe wil improve another 3 points, for now (4771 views)
 Tasted by Corgi on 12/11/2011 & rated 98 points: Opened two bottles, both aired for a minimum of forty-five minutes before pouring. Again, it was fascinating to drink this along side a magnum of 1995 Krug. Shows amazing agility and deftness if this can be said of a great Champagne. (Bottles 42 and 59) (4516 views)
 Tasted by Corgi on 11/28/2011 & rated 96 points: An amazingly beautiful fresh, elegant experience from start to finish. It seemed to dance around and over the two magnums of 1995 vintage served alongside. Expecting it to slowly unwind and reveal more layers of complexity over the years. (Bottle 71) (4489 views)
 Tasted by winecowboy on 11/22/2011 & rated 94 points: Clos d'Ambonnay Verticle (Otto e Mezzo): I usually don't write up on Champagne but would seem impolite not to mention this amazing verticle tasting we had with Olivier Krug. Definitely the first Clos d'Ambonnay verticle in HK featuring the fresh off the boat 1998 but perhaps the first verticle tasting featuring this lineup in the world outside the vicinities of Krug. We started with the 95 Clos d'Ambonnay. Intense cinnamon toast with autumnal apple aromas. Fresh citrus fruits and honeyed nuts fill the palate. Classic elegance with an extremely rich expression of pinot fruits. Exceptional finesse. (3931 views)
 Tasted by JJL on 6/7/2009 & rated 94 points: Very horsey on nose to start, almost like an older Bordeaux. Moved to
popcorn and sour apple, very smoky. Lots of tomato on palate. (3590 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 1996 Champagne – For The Ages (Oct 2014) (10/1/2014)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Krug: Clos du Mesnil 1979-1998 (Jul 2011)
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, February 2010, Issue #5, Tasting Notes/Wine Reviews
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Champagne: The Last Frontier (Dec 2009)
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By Peter Liem
(Krug Clos d'Ambonnay Brut Blanc de Noirs) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Diaries (10/4/2009)
(Krug Clos d’Ambonnay) A glass of 1995 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay helped us say goodbye on a high note, although I still find this first vintage to be excellent and not yet outstanding. There was lots of lemony goodness and elegance in this young, taut Champagne. There was a flash of fruit, and while its flavors were great and its finish long, it still needs lots of time to come into its own (94+).  94+ points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
(Krug Clos d’Ambonnay) Where to begin? How about the two 1995 Krugs. I was in the minority when it came to preferring the ’95 Mesnil over the d’Ambonnay, then again, I don’t own any anymore lol. I didn’t get to cuddle up with the d’Ambonnay that closely, but this was the second time that I have had it, and it comes across much more elegantly than the Mesnil. Elegance is not a bad thing, but the Mesnil just had more power, more acidity, more length, just more. The d’Ambonnay might have had more drinkability, more approachability, more finesse, but I would be surprised if it outlasted the Mesnil.  93 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, New Year's Eve 2007 (1/2/2008)
(Krug Clos d’Ambonnay) A ringer made its way into this first flight, possibly the first tasting of this newsworthy cuvee here in America. It had something to do with King Angry, Bad Boy Bruce, some Russians and a drop point, but I can’t remember any more of the details. The 1995 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, the first release of Krug’s Blanc de Noirs $3000 a bottle cuvee, was finally here. Reticent aromas of vanilla sundae were present; it had the white chocolate, the walnuts and the whipped cream on top. The palate was dry and underwhelming at first; it was shy, simple and not giving much. It had pleasant citrus flavors, but to be frank, it did not come close to any of the first three in quality. Bruce was quick to say how it needed some time, and Robert was quick to point out the vintage handicap of 1995 versus 1996, but still, at $3000 a bottle one wants to feel winegasm at first sip, no? An hour later, though, I must confess Bruce was right. The d’Ambonnay opened up and became much more buttery in the glass, hinting at Montrachet-like complexity. Bruce observed, ‘You can really see the difference; imagine twenty years.’ True, but the d’Ambonnay was not great enough to overcome the fact that it was from 1995, and it still possessed a lack of density in the mouth overall. It will be interesting to taste the 1996  94 points
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