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

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 iD 111002

Received its cork
winter 2010 - 2011
100% Single-vineyard Pinot Noir
The oldest wine
The youngest wine
Eric Lebel
Black and White Portrait of Eric Lebel With Krug Grande Cuvee
This individually numbered bottle spent at least 13 years in Krug's cellars, receiving its cork in winter 2010 - 2011.

Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 exalts the individuality, purity and intensity of a tiny walled plot of vines in the village of Ambonnay, of a single grape variety, Pinot Noir, and a single year, 1998.

In 1998, the classic contrasts so often seen in Champagne were played out to extremes. We watched as the mercury crept up to a sweltering 39°C in August, before breaking with heavy rains. We carefully followed the progress of each plot, waiting to see how they might be affected. But then September, in its habitual benevolence, brought exceptionally dry and mild conditions.

The harvest of the Clos d'Ambonnay took place on 26th September, by which time the Pinot Noir grapes had ripened perfectly in the early autumn sunshine, revealing an astounding richness. From the very first tasting sessions, it was clear that we would capture the unique character of this exceptional plot in a year of contrasting excesses.

Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 delights with its shimmering golden glow, generous aromas and bright palate enhanced by an elegant and persistent finish.

The composition of Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 is 100% Pinot Noir.

The House of Krug chooses to create Krug Clos d'Ambonnay only in years that succeed in fully expressing the potential of this 0.68-hectares walled plot located in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for Pinot Noir grapes in Champagne.
Eric Lebel

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.

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, we recommend using a white Burgundy glass instead of 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.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 6
    The House of Krug’s unique craftsmanship is based on our understanding every plot through its individual wine. After several tastings by the tasting committee, a thorough assessment of each plot’s wine is achieved. In order to reveal the individual essence of every Krug Champagne, the most expressive wines are selected to play in each composition accordingly.
    No strong filtering or cold treatment is applied to any of our wines before bottling, thereby keeping a non-interventionist approach to the creation of every Krug Champagne, from vineyards to glass. As a result of this choice, while enjoying Krug, you may occasionally notice at the bottom of the last glass a few wine diamonds – harmless tartrate crystals which can form naturally while bottles are resting or being chilled. These are also known as quality crystals and we at the House of Krug felt it was important to share with you this further evidence of our commitment to preserving the most natural approach to the creation of all Krug Champagnes.

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Food pairing


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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
  • Music Experience Artist Marcela Roggeri Music Experience Artist Marcela Roggeri

    Marcela Roggeri - Trio piano et cordes N°2 - Andante

    Marcela Roggeri - Trio piano et cordes N°2 - Andante

    Schubert - Arthur Rubinstein, Jasha Heifetz, Emanuel Feuermann

    Selected by
    Marcela Roggeri

  • Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili portrait

    Khatia Buniatishvili - Waltz in  C sharp minor op. 64

    Khatia Buniatishvili - Waltz in  C sharp minor op. 64

    Chopin - Khatia Buniatishvili

    Selected by
    Khatia Bunitiasvili

  • Music Experience Portrait of Artist Jacky Terrasson Music Experience Portrait of Artist Jacky Terrasson

    Jacky Terrasson - God Bless the Child

    Jacky Terrasson - God Bless the Child

    Billie Holiday

    Selected by
    Jacky Terrasson

  • Music Experience Artist Ceclia Harpe Music Experience Artist Ceclia Harpe

    Cecilia Chailly - Liszt - “Liebestraum - Notturno No. 3”

    Cecilia Chailly - Liszt - “Liebestraum - Notturno No. 3”

    Khatia Buniatishvili

    Selected by
    Cécilia Chailly

  • Music Pairing JJCollard Portrait Music Pairing JJCollard Portrait

    Jean Philippe Collard - Renée Fleming - Beim Schlafenghen - R.Strauss - 4 dernier lieder

    Jean Philippe Collard - Renée Fleming - Beim Schlafenghen - R.Strauss - 4 dernier lieder

    Renée Fleming - Beim Schlafenghen

    Selected by
    Jean Philippe Collard

  • Portrait of Orazio Sciortino in B&W Portrait of Orazio Sciortino in B&W

    Orazio Sciortino - Rigoletto Paraphrase S434

    Orazio Sciortino - Rigoletto Paraphrase S434

    F. Liszt / Orazio Sciortino

    Selected by
    Orazio Sciortino