N.V. Paul Bara Reserve Brut Grand Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$39.95
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"The NV Brut Grand Cru Reserve is a wonderfully elegant wine graced with layers of perfumed fruit that come to life on a mid-weight frame. The wine shows terrific balance and tons of Bouzy character, with a long, and refined finish that invites a second taste. This bottle was disgorged in June, 2009 although that is not indicated on the label. The NV Brut Grand Cru Reserve is a gem from Bara. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014. Unfortunately this year I was only able to taste one wine from Paul Bara, one of Champagne’s undisputed leaders in quality." (WA)

"($56) (80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay): Light, bright gold. Meyer lemon, pear and honey on the highly fragrant nose and in the mouth. Sappy and precise, with a truffley nuance gaining strength with air. Closes spicy and quite long, with a lingering floral note and impressive cut." (VM)

"A solidly well-layered nose features notes of yeast, pear, green apple and a top note of rose petal. The mousse is relatively fine on the delicious, intense and equally complex flavors that culminate in a dry, delicious and lingering finish. While this could certainly be aged further, it is drinking well now." (BH)

N.V. PAUL BARA BRUT RESERVE - BOUZY GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE - $39.95 - Rating 95 – Los Angeles Wine Co.

This is the Champagne I choose for New Years, loved it and would have given it a full review, in the last issue of the Guide, but L. A. Wine Co., had only a miniscule supply — which is even more miniscule today. The highest official ranking a Champagne vineyard can receive is Grand Cru and most Champagnes are a blend of maybe some Grand Cur plus a lot of lesser Premier and lower crus. Not only is the Paul Bara entirely from Grand Cru gapes, but also they all come from his own vineyards. Therefore, here is that rare wine, an estate bottled Champagne The Brut Reserve of Paul Bara is around 80% Pinot Noir, resulting in a Champagne that is full-bodied and yet contains a remarkable elegance and long-finish. The saddest thing about my New Year evening is when the Paul Bara Champagne was finished and, alas, we did not have a back up second bottle.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay

100% estate Grand Cru vineyard holdings in the famous Pinot Noir village, Bouzy. Pinot Noir from Bouzy is the Burgundian equivalent of Vosne-Romanee. Tiny production, huge cult following. I don't get much Bara and I take whatever I can get when it is offered to me. The perfume of pure, wild berries is intoxicating.

Paul Bara: 100% estate Grand Cru vineyard holdings in the famous Pinot Noir village, Bouzy. Pinot Noir from Bouzy is the Burgundian equivalent of Vosne-Romanee. Tiny production, huge cult following. We don't get much Bara and we take whatever we can get when it is offered to us. The perfume of pure, wild berries is intoxicating.

Here is a quote from one of the world’s leading sources on Champagne, Richard Juhlin:

“Paul Bara is a legend in Champagne. He took over the firm as a teenager sixty years ago and remembers every vintage in perfect detail. He belongs to the sixth generation to run the company since it was founded in 1833. Many major Champagne houses have approached Bara over the years to try to buy the thirty exceptional locations he controls in the village. The average age of the vines is around twenty-five years, but those that produce the vintage wines are closer to forty. The butterfly-collecting legend is, together with Barnaut and André Clouet, the most quality-obsessed grower in Bouzy. Only the first pressing is used, the wines are aged for at least four years in the cold cellar, and the yield is maintained at the lowest possible level. Despite the traditional methods, Bara's wines have a very elegant fruitiness, which is unique in Bouzy. His '59 was hailed as the best Blanc de Noirs at the Millennium Tasting. The wines are still great. Comtesse Marie de France is the gem to search for.”