White - Sparkling

1995 Krug Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay

Pinot Noir

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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • valjone wrote:

    September 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.

  • bongos wrote:

    December 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.

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  • Barry Rothof wrote: (94 points)

    March 10, 2012 - 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

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  • Corgi wrote: (98 points)

    December 11, 2011 - 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)

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  • Corgi wrote: (96 points)

    November 28, 2011 - 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)

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    February 2010, Issue #5, Tasting Notes/Wine Reviews

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    Champagne: The Last Frontier (Dec 2009) (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009 94+ points

    (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+).

  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2009, Part III, 3/7/2009 93 points

    (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.

  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2007, 1/2/2008 94 points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Krug
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Clos d'Ambonnay
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion Ambonnay
  • Appellation Champagne

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (4%)
  • In Cellars 173 (53%)
  • Consumed 144 (44%)

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