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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998
The intensity of a private plot of Pinot Noir in 1998
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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.

Tasting notes

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 has intense golden colour with hints of red tones.
Amazing aromas of milky caramel, barley sugar, toasted bread, blackcurrant, red fruit jam and jellied fruits. In the palate you may find very rich notes of wild fruits, tarte tatin, brioche, redcurrant and liquorice enhanced by an elegant long finish.

Eric Lebel
KRUG CELLAR MASTER, WINEMAKER
Black and White Portrait of Eric Lebel With Krug Grande Cuvee
1998 was a classic year, full of contrasts, typical in Champagne with an extremely hot month of August followed by some heavy rains. In the case of Ambonnay, this resulted in astoundingly rich, delicious grapes that hinted at the wonderful potential of 1998 Krug’s Clos d'Ambonnay wines from the very first tasting sessions.

The House of Krug chose to reveal Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 because the year 1998 succeeded in fully expressing the potential of this tiny small walled plot.
Eric Lebel
Storing & serving
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 1
    The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F - 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 2
    Krug has created The Joseph, a unique crystal glass whose shape enables the bubbles to reach their optimal expression and allows the discovery of the incredible bouquet of aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 3
    If you do not have The Joseph glass, you may prefer a white Burgundy glass to a flute, to enable the expression of Krug Champagne’s flavors and aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 4
    As a Prestige Cuvée, Krug Champagnes age beautifully, the time revealing their richness and elegance.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 5
    Your Champagne should be stored in a wine cellar, or in a cool (between 10 to 15 °C - 50 to 59 °F) dry and away from light place, the exact conditions of Krug cellars.
Food pairing
ratings

“A powerhouse, featuring well-sculpted acidity and rich mineral character, showing an overall sense of finesse, with a palatecaressing texture and beautifully layered flavors of crème de cassis, black cherry pâte de fruit, treacle, dried papaya, clover honey, fennel seed and ground spice, ringing out on the finish. Drink now through 2035.” –AN

Wine Spectator 2013
Note: 98/100
Music pairing by Keziah Jones
Singer and musician
Keziah Jones
Music Experience Artist Keziah Jones

With his atypical upbringing, moving from Nigeria to Paris via Algeria and London, Keziah Jones is quintessentially cosmopolitan.

As the creator of Blufunk, a musical style born from the masterful collision between funk and acoustic blues, he is keen to convey his enthusiasm to a new generation.

Krug is yet another unforgettable experience for him.

He have selected for Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 : "Green Garden" by Laura Mvula. 

Keziah Jones