N.V. Paul Bara Reserve Brut Rose Grand Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Burghound: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :


80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay

"Candied berry and cherry flavors are framed by crisp acidity and a lively bead in this fresh and easy-drinking rosé Champagne. Offers a zesty finish of moderate length. Disgorged February 2017. Drink now. 200 cases imported.–AN " (WS)

"The NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru is a pretty wine with attractive aromatics and good freshness. I expected a little more depth, especially through the mid-palate, given that the current release is based on the 2012 vintage (with 50% reserve wines). In this tasting, the Brut Rosé feels a bit hollow. Disgorged: July 2016. Dosage is 8 grams per liter."(VM)

"Oeil de perdrix color introduces a fresh and mildly fruity nose of strawberry and raspberry scents where additional breadth is present in the form of yeast and citrus nuances. The cool and relatively crisp middle weight flavors possess good if not better depth before culminating in a relatively dry finish that is shaped by moderately firm effervescence. This is certainly very pretty but not particularly deep." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The Montagne de Reims boasts some of the best Pinot Noir in the region, and Bouzy is its capital. The key to Bouzy’s inherent greatness lies in its deep, chalky subsoil which imparts intense expression of fruit and great mineral complexity in its grand cru wines. The village of Bouzy and Champagne Paul Bara are practically synonymous. As the published village historian, Paul is indelibly linked to the lore of his hometown. Many argue that he is their most renowned producer, being one of the rare récoltants-manipulants in a region inundated with the mass-produced wines of the large, corporate champagne houses. These récoltants-manipulants, or R.M.s as they are known, are of the few that still grow their own grapes and make their own wines. Champagne Paul Bara is the quintessential example, where everything is done with a personalized touch.

Over the years, gradual improvements have been made to the estate: the surface area of the vineyards was expanded to eleven hectares (only 26 acres!), the winery and press modernized, and the cellar extended – and what an impressive cellar! It is carved entirely out of pure chalk and reaches a depth of over thirty feet below ground. When Paul returned home at the end of World War II, he found these same cellars raided, pillaged of nearly all inventory, and irreverently trashed by the German occupying forces. Of the few bottles that were salvaged, one can still experience the longevity and timeless quality of the Bara’s classic style. When Paul retired, he passed the direction of the estate over to his eldest daughter, Chantale, who has kept their family traditions and their house style very much alive. The Baras make their wines by hand, with low-yielding vines. Chez Bara, good maturity is ensured by prolonged bottle aging: four years minimum for the vintage Champagnes and two years for the non-vintage. Andrew Jefford, author of The New France, calls them, “…essential references for anyone who wants to enjoy and understand the ripe, dry richness of Bouzy…”