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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Bouzy Brut Réserve Grand Cru
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut Rosé Grand Cru
68 % Pinot Noir, 20 % Chardonnay, 12% Red wine 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut Grand Cru Millésimé
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut “Comtesse Marie de France” Grand Cru Millésimé
Pinot Noir 40 - 50 years Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Millésimé
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Spécial Club Brut Rosé Grand Cru Millésimé
64.5 % Pinot Noir, 27.5 % Chardonnay, 8 % Red wine 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Grand Cru
Pinot Noir 30 + years Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut “L’Annociade de Paul Bara” Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Millésimé
Pinot Noir Average 50 years Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Only the first pressing of the grapes is used for the wine

• After alcoholic fermentation, the cold cellar temperatures force the wines into dormancy over the winter months

• All grapes undergo fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks

• White wine and rosé does not undergo malolactic fermentation

• Punch-downs and pump-overs occur daily for red wines

• Red wine undergoes a natural malolactic fermentation

• Bouzy Rosé is a blend of direct press, and Bouzy Rouge

• NV Bouzy Brut and Rosé age in bottle for 3 years before release, vintage cuvées age 6 to 12 years

Bouzy Brut Réserve Grand Cru:
• Ages in bottle for 3 years before release
• Dosage 11.2 grams/liter
• Current disgorgement: March 2015

Bouzy Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru:
• Ages in bottle for 3 years before release
• Dosage 10.8 grams/liter
• Current disgorgement: June 2016

Bouzy Brut Grand Cru Millésimé:
• Ages in bottle for 8 years before release
• Current disgorgement: December 2015 (2007 Vintage)
• Dosage 11.2 grams/liter

Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Millésimé:
• Ages in bottle for 5 years before release
• Current disgorgement: March 2015 (2009 Vintage)
• Dosage 11.6 grams/liter

Spécial Club Brut Rosé Grand Cru Millésimé:
• Ages in bottle for 9 years before release
• Current disgorgement: December 2015 (2005 Vintage)
• Dosage 9.2 grams/liter

Bouzy Brut Grand Cru “Comtesse Marie de France”:
• Ages in bottle for 9 years before release
• Current disgorgement: January 2015 (2004 Vintage), February 2016 (2005 Vintage)
• Dosage 6-7 grams/liter

Bouzy Brut “L’Annociade de Paul Bara” Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Millésimé:
• Ages in barrel for 6 months and in bottle for 10 years before release
• Current disgorgement: November 2015 (2004 Vintage)
• Dosage 6 grams/liter
• The Annonciade bottling is an hommage to an ancestor of the Bara family. In 1833, Annonciade, daughter of a winemaker from Bouzy, married Auguste François Bara, a young cooper from a neighboring village. Jules Bara, their son, constructed the first cellar at Champagne Paul Bara. This cuvée symbolizes the perfect marriage between vigneronne and cooper.

MISCELLANEA

Author of a “History of Bouzy,” Paul Bara is the memory and the great specialist of the cru, the fruit of which he knows how to preserve so marvelously without adding weight to the palate. That his eldest daughter is succeeding him does not at all change the house style. In particular, their Brut Réserve and the Cuvée Club, two wines of rare aromatic distinction, can be compared to the best, most prestigious cuvées from negociants at a half or a third of their price.


The Best Wines of France 2006 (published by La Revue du Vin de France)


Bara epitomizes all that is wonderful about old world, hand-crafted Champagne. Their vineyards are all rated 100% Grand Cru; the bottles are all processed one at a time, using techniques developed over 100 years ago; the wines are seamless, at once delicate, and at the same time powerful. There’s simply nothing to compare them to.

Bruce Neyers, KLWM

General Information

Country
France
Region
Champagne
Appellation(s)
Champagne Grand Cru
Producer
The Bara Family and Christian Forget
Founded
1860
Annual Production
10,000 cases
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée
Website
http://www.champagnepaulbara.com
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