Why to buy: Extraordinary and rare, this champagne is made with fruit from a single vineyard, walled in the center of the French village renowned for it’s Pinot Noir grapes, Ambonnay. The tiny plot produced only 4,760 bottles of this exquisite wine that reveals the terroir of this special vineyard. Clos D'Ambonnay is a 100% Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir, and serves as the paramount expression of the grape in champagne.
Nose, palate and pairing: Aromas of caramel, toasted bread, blackcurrant and jellied fruit. Tarte Tatin, licorice, brioche and wild fruit on the palate. Pair with bold flavors like truffles, roasted poultry or lobster. Simple foods like nibbles of aged parmesean or ribbons of charcuterie are also a fantastic match for this champagne.
The backstory: Established in 1843 by Joseph Krug, this house produces what are arguably the most prestigious champagnes in the world. With grapes selected and tasted from hundreds of individual plots, Krug seeks to weave the unique nuances from meticulously tended vineyards into pleasurable champagnes with beautiful character and unmatched aging potential.