Paul Bara is a family run, recoltant champagne house based in Bouzy, Champagne. All 33 of the houses vineyards are classified as Grand Cru – that is; the land is classified as best of the best in terms of growing conditions within the Champagne region.
The origins of the house hark back to the 1860’s when Auguste Bara built a farm in the middle of Bouzy, which in the mid 1900’s was turned into a Vineyard and wine making facility by one Paul Bara. Today, the house is run by his daughter.
The house doesn’t have an limit itself to just making bubbled filled wines either; indeed it also has a range of still red’s made from Pinot Noir – the house’s staple crop.
Their two NV champagnes (a Blend and a Rose) both heavily utilise Pinot with up to a maximum of 20% Chardonnay, as does their annual vintage. No clear pressed Pinot Meunier is used by the house, and their premium offering is a blanc de noirs made from Pinot Noir alone. For rose’s, a local Bouzy Pinot based Red wine is used to add the blush.
Paul Bara is also a member of the Club de Tresors Champagne (Champagne Special Club) – making specialised upmarket champagnes made in the best years as part of a group of recoltants which includes Pierre Gimonnet and Larmandier, to name a few.
Today we try the house’s standard entry Brut Reserve NV, which is hard to find and a little pricey at around $80 to $90 a bottle. Lets see how it rolls.
From: Bouzy, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$90 a bottle available from Dan Murphy’s
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (80/0/20) with 8 g/l dosage.
Aging: 2 to 3 years
Sipped: April 2018
In the Glass:
Look: Soft golden colour with a strong strength bubble stream.
Smell: Slight yeast note slightly overpowers a nose of aged fruits.
Taste: Arrives on the scene with a lovely honeyed introduction which is backed up by a zesty, citrus fruit smack of reasonable body and strength of flavour.
It is very pleasant and so easy to drink.
Not too acidic, sits a little sour on the finish which is placed smack in the middle of the tongue and stays there for a while – which is optimal for pairing with your favourite savoury canapes or meals
Party Potential: Way too rare, boutique and too expensive for a party. Find it for a dinner party with other wine buffs.
As a Gift: It would make a great gift to your favourite wine connoissuer.
At Home: For the price and rarity, I’d save it for when you have special guests over for dinner.
Score & Verdict:
At $80 I feel it is good value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
With house mates to toast the arrival of some close friends new Baby.
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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