Krug, Clos d'Ambonnay, 1998


“Glorious nose, truffle and musky honey, baked pastry and an extraordinary perfume of fresh vegetable garden and herbs. This is much more like the 1995, dry and rich and powerful. Less complex and precise than the 1995 but similar character. A big vintage. Heat wave few days in August. Doesn't have the electric acidity of the 95. Loaded with flavour and very giving. Ready, and probably the wine you would drink first. Generous, broad, lots of red fruit flavours, lots of pinot flavours, such a vinous character. The more it sits in the glass, the more the complex, aged Pinot flavours come out. “

Contains Sulphites.

About Krug

Quality is something that Krug know a fair bit about, having have made nothing but Prestige Cuvees every single year since 1843. At the helm of this great house is one of the Krug family; Olivier, who today is driving quality to ever greater heights. Precision and hard work in both the vines and the cellar, together with some enviable vineyard holdings, make their Champagnes some of the most sought after in the world.

Their flagship wine is the Grand Cuvee, a blend of 10 vintages and over 120 different wines from numerous parcels and villages. The fermentation in used oak barrels allows a plot by plot vinification and does not exist to impart any oak flavour. Each parcel is kept in steel tank after fermentation until it is called upon for the Grande Cuvée blend. The oldest single wine currently is a 16 year old parcel of Grand Cru Bouzy. Extended ageing sur lie is another hallmark of Krug, the Grand Cuvee is never kept for less than 6 years before degorgement, the vintage 10 years, and even more extreme is the Krug collection – vintage Krug that is kept at least 20 years before degorgement.

Appellation: Champagne

Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.