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History

The first records of the Bara family date from the 1600s, in the villages of Bisseuil, Oiry and Chouilly, near Epernay. In 1833, Auguste François Bara, a robust, full-spirited young man, arrived in Bouzy to begin work as a cooper. Three years later, in 1836, he married Annonciade Robert, who was already the owner of some vines. Since then the House of Bara has been handed down among generations for more than 180 years. While maintaining family tradition and character, Bara champagne has embraced evolving technologies to craft the perfect champagne with the aid of a modern press, thermo-regulated vats and extension of the existing cellars. Above all, Bara champagne operates with principles of respect for the land and environment with which Bouzy champagne grapes are grown.

Specialist of the Pinot noir, Christian Forget strives to preserve the signature of the House by producing well-structured and elegant wines, fully expressing the Terroir of Bouzy. Succeeding Chantale Bara, her sister Evelyne Dauvergne has been taking over the management of the House in 2018. Very proud to be able to apply the traditional and family values passed down by her father, disappeared in 2015, Evelyne really aims to develop the company meeting the requirements of our century and of course to pursue this beautiful family story with a mix of wisdom and sweet madness.

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Vineyards

The Paul Bara vineyards are in Bouzy, a highly renowned winegrowing area in the heart of the famous 'Montagne de Reims'. All 33 Bara vineyard parcels have Grand Cru status. There are 11 hectares of vines in total, including 9.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and 1.5 hectares of Chardonnay, all of which are managed with great care and rigour. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are noble grape varieties and here they produce remarkably aromatic, full-bodied and fruity wines with a unique character. This gives Bara’s chief winemaker a wide variety of possibilities – by carefully combining wines, he makes magnificent blends that display the rich and highly expressive character for which Pinot Noir from Bouzy is famed.

At Bara, we have exacting standards and are keen to employ sustainable winegrowing methods. We strive daily to improve our environmental performance by avoiding any use of chemical weedkillers or insecticide. In keeping with ancestral traditions, cover planting is used between the rows of vines. We believe strongly in closely monitoring the vineyard environment to ensure that the biodiversity and quality of its soils are preserved. Proof of our commitment, the House received in 2020 the HVE "Haute valeur environnementale" and VDC "Viticulture Durable en Champagne" certifications.

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Winemaking

Every step of the winemaking process is performed with absolute rigour, and every effort is made to allow the wines to reveal the best of themselves. During harvest, the grapes are picked by hand with the utmost care. They are then pressed using two 4,000 kg presses; one is a traditional wooden one with a horizontal plate, where the edges of the 'press cake' must be brought back to the centre of the press manually using a fork, and, the other, a modern automatic titled plate press. These 'small' volume presses mean that the various varieties and production from different plots can be processed separately up to blending. The end-of-press juices (known in French as 'jus de taille') are never used in Bara champagnes, which is one of the specificities of the house. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures and the malolactic fermentation is prevented to preserve the freshness and all of the aromas of the wine.

In spring, this is time to blend subtly the different plots, grapes and different years to give to each Paul Bara champagne its own style and unique character for which the brand is renowned.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  30 wines 

100 Best Champagnes 2022 tasting – day 1 behind. Very solid line-up with a handful of super gems! Cuvée R. Lalou 2006 (96p) is still hard to beat although Comtes de Champagne 2011 (95p) did well despite the challenging vintage. Armand de Brignac Brut Rosé (93p) was the best rosé ACE I recall having. For roses, Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV (94p) is superb find for the value!

2m 21d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

10m 30d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 5th day of Champagne Magazines annual The 100-Best Champagnes of the year 2020 -tasting!

1y 4d ago

 Paul Bara  has updated producer and wine information

1y 3m ago

 Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Krug Vintage 2002 / 97 points / There is a distinctly phenolic character to the secondary-tinged yet super-fresh nose reflects notes of bread, yeast, pear, baked apple, spice and a hint of citrus. The bold and full-bodied flavors possess superb complexity while being underpinned by a notably fine but dense mousse, all wrapped in a gorgeously persistent finish. This is a seriously impressive effort and one of the best of the Krug Brut vintage series released in many years. Note that while this should continue to age effortlessly, it could certainly be enjoyed now.


After being a partner at Jacquesson, the house of Krug was founded by the visionary Joseph Krug in 1843, an accountant who had traveled the world and from the outset was determined to learn all he could to create outstanding champagne and he knew from the outset that required quality vines and grapes. The legacy has been passed down for generations, including his son Paul who moved Krug in 1868 to Reims, where the cellars have been since that time. In the 1960s Krug began to buy its own vineyards. One of the originators of non-vintage champagne, the original "Private Cuvée" became the Krug Grand Cuvée in 1979. Following the original founder's hand-written notes which emphasized "good terroirs" such as Le Mesnil sur Oger, in 1971 Krug was able to purchase 15 acres of vineyards. In 1986 Krug released a single vineyard champagne with the Clos du Mesnil fruit from the 1979 harvest. After the success that followed, they chose to make a single vineyard champagne from Ambonnay, which they purchased in 1994 releasing the first Clos d'Ambonnay from the 1995 vintage in 2007. At the helm of Krug today is Olivier Krug who became director in 2009. In 1999 Krug was acquired by the luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

2y 11m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  32 wines 

Vintage 1976 / A giant crop of ripe grapes yielded eshy and extract-rich champagnes that remind of 1947s and 1959s, but still do not quite match up to those years of greatness. Quite often, one can nd an earthy and smoky undertone in the taste through the oily structure. This vintage year is one of the best developing in the last ten years, and today this is one of my favorite vintages to open at home and enjoy in large, buttery sips. Louis Roederer Cristal, Dom Pérignon, Billecart-Salmon, and Salon are all delicious wines, which managed to avoid this very hot year’s distraction. Most enjoyable is still the Venoge Des Princes and the inimitable Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. 

3y 10m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

4y 4m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

4y 7m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Paul Bara Special Club 2004 / Goodness gracious, what a surprise I received when I poured my club bottle and the wine was deep pink! I had absolutely no idea that there was such a thing as Special Club Rosé nowadays! One can only offer one's congratulations. The wine is very reminiscent of the non-vintage variety with somewhat greater weight, and refinement rich in mineral. Otherwise it gives the feeling of being just as young and unevolved. The fruitiness is vegetal with tones of beetroot and the beginnings of intense tones of wild bird pâté. When the wine is aired a great Pinot roundness makes its appearance.”

5y 3m ago

 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“All the best Champagnes from the 2004 vintage.”

5y 5m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  2 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  77 wines 

“The best Champagnes from 2002 vintage: As in Bourgogne, this is a beautiful and generous vintage with a bright future in store. It
is the rst time that I start to feel a tad old in the game. Because I have tried the vintage before in my life! Yes, the 2002 is so strikingly similar to the 1982 that I think I can predict the vintage’s whole life curve. I believe in a very linear curve without ups and downs. The wine will eventually become more buttery and fatter, with a relatively high acidity, and it will do its job in silence. The wines will reach their top at twenty to thirty years of age. Most promising
so far are many growers such as Egly-Ouriet, Michel Arnould, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, Jacques Selosse, and Diebolt-Vallois. Amour the Deutz, Piper-Heidsieck, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs, and Louis Roederer Cristal are pure nectar, but the most intellec- tually challenging are Jacquesson’s vineyard wines Champ Cain and Vauzelle de Terme.”

5y 6m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Paul Bara . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“todays tasting. :D”

10y 3m ago

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