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.
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.
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