Grower Champagne Club – January 2012

NV Paul Bara, Grand Rosé
Perhaps more than any other of our clubs, this one is truly democratic; after all it was born out of customer request. So it only made sense that at our annual grower Champagne tasting last month, we asked club members to pick the wine they most wanted to put in this month’s club. And while there were some very minor differences of opinion, the Paul Bara Grand Rosé was a favorite across the board. So here it is, the first Grower Champagne Club selection of 2012! Paul Bara’s small, 11-hectare estate was established in 1833 in the village of Bouzy, in the Montagne de Reims, where it is recognized as the one of the most renowned producers in the region. In his book, The New France, Andrew Jefford calls Bara’s Champagnes, “essential references for anyone who wants to enjoy and understand the ripe, dry richness of Bouzy.” The estate is now run by Paul’s daughter, Chantale, who continues to keep the family traditions and the house style alive, producing their 100% grand cru wines by hand, from fruit grown on low-yielding vines averaging 35 years in age. Even their non-vintage wines are aged a minimum of two years in their amazing cellar, carved out of the chalk soil, to a depth of over 30 feet. This Rosé is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and, as you discovered at the tasting, it is beautifully balanced, delicate, and fresh, with notes of brioche and soft red fruit. What more can we say? You tasted it. You loved it. And we are delighted to put it in your club. It is $72.