We talk about wines for US$10.00 and under. We talk about wines that cost $100.00 or more. Well, the time has come to talk about really expensive wines. No more penny-pinching, no more thinking about budgets, the stock market, the value of the Euro, the bankruptcy courts. How about a relatively young wine at NIS 20,000 (give or take a few pennies, US$ 5,550)
I just received an email from the French-Israeli Wine Group to the effect that the 1995 Krug Brut Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay has arrived in Israel. Probably the most world's most expensive wine on release, only 1500 bottles were produced and, by heaven, tiny Israel has received four of those bottles.
Truth be told, I'm just a wee bit ticked off at Arik and Ori Segal as well as at Betty Kaien, the otherwise absolutely charming people of French-Israel, as they didn't even have the courtesy to arrange a tasting for me. After all, how is a hard working wine critic to write a review of a wine such as this without consuming a minimum of half a bottle? And where, after all, to accompany the wine were the blinis with crème fraiche and Beluga caviar, the ceviche of pompano and the lobster Thermidor after which I so lust.
Ah well, after talking with Betty, I know that two bottles have already been sold (Betty was discrete enough not to reveal the names of the buyers) and that only two remain. Although I have not tasted this wine, I have tasted two of the other Krug 1995 releases, the Brut Champagne which earns a score and the Clos du Mensil Blanc de Blancs, both of which earn scores of 98, the first of which will cellar comfortably until 2025-2030 and the second until about 2020. All I can do is imagine the joys of the Clos d'Ambonnay and hope that if one of our forumites purchases one or both of the remaining bottles they will take pity and invite me for a glass.
If interested in the wines run, do not walk, to the nearest telephone and call Betty Kaien at 054 6772182