NV Grand Rosé de BouzyPaul Bara
From Paul Bara, located in Bouzy just east of Epernay in Champagne, the wine-maker only uses their own estate-grown grapes, a rarity in this region. Bouzy is one of the few villages rated 100% Grand cru and these champagnes come from those superbly sited vineyards. The non vintage cuvee (which includes about 20% of Chardonnay grapes from Bouzy) is also distinguished by its finesse and delicacy whilst retaining a remarkable smoothness and it is well recognised as being of a quality level that surpasses that of the Grande Marque producers of Champagne without the same lofty prices. Coming from an area that is well recognised for the very high quality of its Pinot Noir one would expect that the Rose champagne would perform quite strongly asindeed it does.
“Paul Bara’s Grand Rosé is a beautifully made bottle that really shows the high caliber pinot noir that hails from the village of Bouzy. The wine is fairly dark for a Rosé, with a lovely deep salmon color, and offers up a simply stunning bouquet of blood orange, cherries, sourdough bread, complex minerality, gentle smoky notes and a nice touch of citrus peel in the upper register. Stylistically, this is very similar to Dom Perignon Rosé. Simply a great bottle. 94.” viewfromthecellar.com John Gilman – Aug. 2010