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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.
The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusually for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favourable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were “typical” of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots Noirs.