With only three previous vintages made from this particular vineyard, you can expect special stuff from Krug's latest release, its Clos d'Ambonnay 2000.
The wine is made exclusively from Pinot Noir grown in a 0.68ha plot situated in the village of Ambonnay, on the south-eastern slope of the Montagne de Reims.
'I remember the 2000 harvest at Clos d’Ambonnay as particularly generous with beautiful and healthy Pinot Noir grapes,' said Eric Lebel, Krug’s cellar master. 'All elements were there, balanced and with the right intensity, forecasting an exceptional Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, with just the right amount of concentration and distinction.'
At a tasting organised to launch the wine, house director Olivier Krug said: 'I believe we have succeeded in expressing the full potential of this walled plot with true expression and poise. Over the 15 years that Clos d’Ambonnay 2000 has rested in our cellars it has developed astonishing grace and finesse.'
The wine was further described as straw-gold in colour, with aromas of brioche, spices and caramel, and a rich and elegant palate revealing flavours of tarte tatin and crème pâtissière. A lengthy and fresh lemony finish was also suggested.
'Krug Clos d’Ambonnay is a rare gem, a tribute to the attention to detail, philosophy of quality, and search for good terroirs that we inherited from Joseph Krug, who founded the House,' said Krug.
There are only 5,158 bottles of Clos d'Ambonnay 2000 available, and they all bear an individual Krug ID, allowing customers to find out more about their wine via the Krug App.
RSP £1,590, Moët Hennessy UK, 020 7808 4400
Photo by David Gillanders