2006 Paul Bara Special Club Brut Rosé

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2006 Paul Bara Special Club Brut Rosé

Author of a “History of Bouzy,” Paul Bara is the memory and the great specialist of the cru, the fruit of which he knows how to preserve so marvelously without adding weight to the palate. That his eldest daughter is succeeding him does not at all change the house style. In particular, their Brut Réserve and the Cuvée Club, two wines of rare aromatic distinction, can be compared to the best, most prestigious cuvées from negociants at a half or a third of their price.



The Best Wines of France 2006 (published by La Revue du Vin de France)



Bara epitomizes all that is wonderful about old world, hand-crafted Champagne. Their vineyards are all rated 100% Grand Cru; the bottles are all processed one at a time, using techniques developed over 100 years ago; the wines are seamless, at once delicate, and at the same time powerful. There’s simply nothing to compare them to.


Bruce Neyers, KLWM
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 and good maturity ensured by prolonged bottle aging. 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…” 

Spécial Club Brut Rosé Grand Cru Millésimé 64.5% Pinot Noir, 27.5% Chardonnay, 8% Red Wine 35 Average Vine Age Clay and Limestone Soils 11 ha total