|The 1998 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay is both very rare and very special. Just 3,000 bottles of this wine were produced. Krug needs little or no introduction: makers of some of the finest Champagnes available. Their Clos d’Ambonnay is a Blancs de Noir from a tiny 0.68 hectare clos in the heart of the eponymous village - the source of some of the finest Pinot in the region. The elevage is typical Krug: ageing in old barrels (new oak would mark the wine) giving this almost Burgundian wine the inimitable Krug style. It was first made in 1995, the 1998 being its third release. Only the 2000 has been released since. The 1998 is just beginning to open up though, as with all of Krug’s Champagnes, it will keep impeccably. This is a rare opportunity to own one of Champagne’s finest and rarest jewels with impeccable provenance.|
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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
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. eRobertParker.com.November, 2012
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