|Oak Treatment||Freanch OAk|
|Total Varietal Composition %||100% Pinot Noir|
This single-vineyard Champagne is the rarest (and most expensive) in the world. Produced from just one-and-a-half acres (one-third the size of the Clos de Mesnil) of Pinot Noir within the village itself of Ambonnay, there were only 3000 bottles made from 11 tiny 200-liter Krug casks.
The Clos itself has been around since the year 1700, and the Krug family has been getting the grapes from here for three generations. In 1994 they bought the vineyard, changed the pruning methods and made their first single-vineyard wine from the Clos the following year--the 1995 vintage.
The wine has an encyclopedia of descriptors on its very complex nose: chalk, fine mineral-infused black cherry fruit and brioche. The aroma is so seamless and integrated that it quickly becomes clear that the wine is on the highest possible level. It is compact and layered, with none of the heaviness that one would expect from a 100% Pinot Noir, barrel-fermented 13 year old offering.