Champagne Bottle Empty: Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1998

Granted that a single bottle of Champagne is not much for five people, but there is an exception with the Clos d'Ambonnay 1998: This is rare gold and bottle and glasses are empty with Arnaud Lallement, the best chef of northern France, from the L'Assiette Champenoise in Tinqueux near Reims, since 2005 two Michelin-Stars, Krug's CEO Margareth Henriquez, we call her Maggie, Olivier Krug and Chef de Cave Éric Lebel.Of course, this unique Champagne is very rare, coming from a 0.68-hectare plot in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for Pinot noir in Champagne. In Champagne there is now some kind of fashion to produce wines from a Clos, which leads to curious results: In Mareuil sur Aÿ there is a new Clos with some tiny little self-produced walls which was 20 years ago a very nice tennis court. So it's good to see big walls in Ambonnay and some of the typical Krug equipment like barrels for vinification in old oak barrels.

After over twelve years in the cellar this unique but exceptional fresh Blanc de Noirs with an intense golden colour attacks all senses with notes of caramel, toasted English corn bread, red fruit jam and jellied fruits. This Clos d'Ambonnay 1998 should be enjoyed at Arnauds place - for example with an Gascon black-rumped pork with vegetables and paella rice.


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