Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Bouzy 2008

95 Vinous

$155.00

Description

Country: France

Region: Champagne

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Terroir: clay, limestone soils

Winemaking: hand harvest; alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation prevented; sustainable growing

The Bara property was built in 1860. In the beginning, it was a farm with stables, a cow shed, a sheep pen and a cellar; however, in 1965, the barn was transformed into a press room and a winery.

Paul Bara, the father of today’s owner Chantale, was the first of the dynasty to sell champagne under the brand of the same name in the 1950s. Chantale recalls how this man of character and conviction would often say: ‘We must keep hold of the fields to feed us’.

He also wrote a very interesting book retracing the story of his ‘beloved’ village of Bouzy, its people and their wines and culture.

In 1975, the Bara champagne house innovatively became one of the first to export its champagnes to the United States. Today, the brand has a long-standing tradition of transatlantic sales and continues to work with the same US importer as back in the day. Nowadays Paul Bara champagnes are sold on all continents of the world. In 1980, Chantale began assisting her father and soon after, in 1986, began co-running the business. The 6th generation, she gets on with excellency by being a partner and also President during 4 years of the Club Trésors de Champagne and by intiating in 2013 a major programme of renovation of the winery to enhance its winemaking capacity and precision. -Paul Bara Champagne

Vinous 95
Bara’s 2008 Brut Millesime Comtesse Marie de France offers a striking interplay of rich Pinot fruit with the natural tension of the year. Bright floral and mineral accents drive the 2008 as it gradually opens with a bit of air. In 2008, the Comtesse exudes balance and a level of pedigree that makes it absolutely irresistible. It is one of the most elegant Champagnes I have ever tasted here.

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