The Rarest Of Them All

Krug unveils the Clos d’Ambonnay 2000, the rarest Krug Champagne.

 The revered Krug Clos d’Ambonnay is harvested from a tiny plot of Pinot Noir grapes, measuring only 0.68 hectares, which has been surrounded by protective walls since 1766.

Situated on the edge of the village of Ambonnay in Champagne, the plot is renowned for the superb quality of its Pinot Noir grapes. The grape is highly prized by the House of Krug, and prominent in Krug Champagnes.

The 2000 Vintage is only the fourth Champagne from this exceptional terroir ever created, following the first in 1995, followed by 1996 and 1998.

The Vintage was presented in the perfect setting of Krug Ambassador Andrew Fairlie’s exclusive walled kitchen Garden, located at ’15 minutes’ drive’ from the restaurant and similar to the walled plot in Ambonnay. Home to the fresh quality products used in Scotland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, the beautiful secret garden is filled with rows of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and fruit.

Eric Lebel, Krug’s Cellar Master, commented on how the natural processes in 2000 all conspired to create the perfect vintage.

“I remember the 2000 harvest at Clos d’Ambonnay as particularly generous with beautiful and healthy Pinot Noir grapes. 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.”

Having rested close to 15 years in the Krug Cellars, Clos d’Ambonnay 2000 has developed astonishing grace and finesse. When drinking a glass of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, one experiences the rich tasting notes of tarte tatin and crème patissière flavours with touches of caramel that evolve to a rounded fullness, followed by a slightly lemony finish.

Each of the limited 5,158 (75cl) bottles of Krug d’Ambonnay 2000 is individually numbered and the Krug ID holds the key to all the information for every bottle. By entering the six digits printed on the back label of every bottle into Krug.com or the Krug App, people can learn the story of their specific bottle, detailing the harvest and weather conditions, tasting notes, music pairings and other insights from Krug’s Cellar Master, Eric Lebel.