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Paul Bara "Réserve" Brut Grand Cru Champagne

SKU #1106687 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark There is an interesting hint of what I can only describe as talcum powder to the citrusy and yeasty green apple-scented nose. To be clear, the talcum powder character is by no means unpleasant but it’s unusual (and no, it’s definitely not from my stemware!). Otherwise the vibrant and intense flavors possess the same green apple element offered by the nose before terminating in a firm, delicious and dry finish that is dryer than the stated dosage would suggest. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Brut Réserve Grand Cru is a terrific introduction to the Bara house style. Citrus; almond, orchard fruit and floral notes abound in a Champagne of real personality and class. The texture and resonance of the Pinot that makes up most of the blend and the natural richness of Bouzy are felt mostly in the wine's weight and textural feel. There is plenty to like in this vinous, inviting Champagne from Bara. Disgorged: January 2018. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A lithe, bright Champagne, with a lively bead and an accessible mix of raspberry, blood orange granita and biscuit flavors. Citrusy. (AN, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2019 | Send Email
An exceptional value for fans of Bouzy Pinot Noir, Paul Bara’s Réserve Brut Champagne exemplifies the rich, powerful style for which this Grand Cru village is best known. In fact, Paul Bara himself wrote the history of Bouzy, and his tiny production (10,000 cases) is all top quality fruit. His daughter Chantal is making the wines now, and her deft winemaking style stays true to Paul’s vision. This release is 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and shows bright berry fruit on the nose with a tight, racy core of acidity. This is a food-pairing dream, with enough body to stand up to heavier, less traditional choices and a brightness that keeps it light enough on its feet to be served as an aperitif. Stunning.

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