Krug   Clos dAmbonnay

1998 Clos d'Ambonnay

By Krug

1998 Clos d’Ambonnay from Krug

For the discerning collector, few experiences compare to the pleasure of partaking in a glass of 1998 Clos d’Ambonnay from Krug, one of those rare vintages that effortlessly encapsulate the finesse of time-honoured winemaking traditions and crystallise them into a quaffable form.


A Symphony of Vintage Mastery

The 1998 vintage stands out among the lineage of Krug's Clos d’Ambonnay for its perfect balance between intellectual complexity and eminently enjoyable drinkability. A testament to the unwavering dedication to perfection that has established Krug’s position among the premiers of the Champagne region, the 1998 reflects an exceptional year which benefitted from excellent climatic conditions that pronounced the inherent characteristics of Pinot Noir, the soul grape of this exquisite vintage.

Every swirl and sip affirms its position as an investable asset, not only promising sensory delights but also prospective value appreciation for those who possess an affinity for wine investments.


Unparalleled Elegance In Each Bottle

The 1998 Clos d’Ambonnay from Krug emerges as a parable of vintage sophistication. It greets the discerning palate with an exuberant mosaic of warm spices interlaced with seductively dark fruit notes, like a silent symphony resonating in a timeless theatre.

Yet, beneath its effervescent vibrato lies a hauntingly poignant finish that only truly remarkable champagnes can muster. The wine's ability to stir such emotional resonance is testament to its standout place among other vintages.

This well-integrated champagne does more than fill flutes; it tells a story layered with metamorphic secrets, whispering tales buried deep within the heart of its prestigious terroir. Like threads woven into an intricate tapestry, each sip reveals another chapter in this exquisite narrative.

The 1998 Clos d’Ambonnay from Krug is more than just a wine; it is an exploration into an enriched psyche of flavour and aroma tightly guarded by its enigmatic Pinot Noir fruit. Truly, this is a wine for those who appreciate not just taste but also charm, depth, and history all elegantly captured in one unforgettable vintage.

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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. Importer: Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY; tel. (212) 251-8200

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2012

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