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Blend: 70% Pinot Noir, 30 % Chardonnay
Age of vines: 40 years
Terroir: Limestone on chalk
The Special Club cuvée is unique to the Champagne region and is only made in years which are blessed with an exceptional harvest. The selection process comprises of a two-test system: firstly tasting the blend of the still wines and secondly tasting the champagne. Judged by 50 winemakers and made with the best vintage in the purest tradition, Paul Bara presents this Special Club selection to you.
TASTING NOTE: Brilliant pale yellow robe with very fine bubbles. Nose shows floral notes like the jasmine, acacia, buttercup, citrus and pineapple notes. The palate has fruity feel, pulpy and crispy, citrus notes, well-integrated acidity, with a chalky minerality. Saline and concentrated finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Fresh oysters, pea cream with some gambas, Bas fillet with carrot purée, creamy risotto with green asparagus tips.
In 1833 Paul Bara Champagne House was established in the village of Bouzy, a site of renowned terroir classified as Grand Cru (100%). 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.
Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..