Paul Bara, Brut Réserve Grand Cru Bouzy Non Vintage

Paul Bara NV

80% Pinot Noir; 20% Chardonnay.

Pale straw yellow color.  Dense, bold and forward on the nose: autolytic white and yellow orchard fruit, baking spices, mineral and breakfast sandwich.  Think meat cheesy sourdough.  Gutsy on the palate, medium-full: Fuji apple, bartlett pear, mirabelle, lime citrus.  Huge bead.  Youthful, excitable mousse.  Our conclusions on this Brut Réserve NV is similar to Bara’s Grand Rose NV: extroverted and mouth-filling fruit; its got size and weight.  It is just not all that complex.  Bara’s vines are supposed to have some maturity so wait a couple years before opening these NVs again to see if we get a better sense of what lies underneath.  For now, stuck in that place between fair and good or, as our friend Glenn likes to say, “fairly good”.

We (more specifically I) came into this with anticipation of Paul Bara wines as some of the best champagnes from Bouzy and we are reminded that wine is better off without the burden of expectations.  In the end, final judgement deferred on Paul Bara until we try his Tête de Cuvée ‘Comtesse Marie’.

Paul Bara NV #1

2 thoughts on “Paul Bara, Brut Réserve Grand Cru Bouzy Non Vintage

  1. Could you tell me this? If you were in napa, which wineries would you visit?

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  2. Some ideas for you. I will try to think of more.

    Ch. Boswell
    David Arthur
    Peter Michael
    Luc Morlet
    Alpha Omega
    Domain Carneros
    Patz & Hall
    Andrew Geoffrey
    Opus One
    Maisonry Tasting Room in Yountville

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