Paul Bara, Brut Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Bouzy 1988

Paul Bara Comtesse 1988

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley CA.

100% Pinot Noir, 45+ year old vines, from grand cru vineyards in Bouzy.  Aged ten+ years on the lees.  Dosage: 6 g/l.  This is bottle no. 6359.

Nothing burnished here; this is a shimmery yellow-gold.  Tapered, indeed beneficent for powerful Comtesse, a tête de cuvée more synonymous with Bouzy’s overt flavor authority.  Such a fine bead of acidity, casting a complex web of myrtille, brown spice, bush tea, bermuda hay and toasted brioche in dynamic relief.  Quite nerveux for a wine of twenty-seven years!  The finish is declamatory as Bouzy, where darker, earthen notes of forest floor, peat and fungi comingle.  Aging with grace, with more stories still to be told.  Now – 2020+.

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