3 x 2009 Champagne Paul Bara Brut 1.5Lt MAGNUM, Provenance: Restaurant Mosaic Wine Cellar Collection
Champagne Paul Bara is located in the village of Bouzy, in the Montagne de Reims region. Wines are made from 11 hectares of vineyards (from mostly Grand Cru villages) and sold under the label since the 1950’s. Current owner Chantale, daughter of Paul Bara, ensures the continued traditions passed down by her father. The wines are by hand with low-yielding vines and good maturity ensured by prolonged bottle ageing. A close connection to the vineyard environment and biodiversity has always been a priority.
All 33 Bara vineyard parcels have Grand Cru status. There are 11 hectares of vines in total, including 9.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and 1.5 hectares of Chardonnay, all of which are managed with great care and rigour. The grapes are carefully harvested, sorted and pressed. This is done on a traditional wood press and takes place by hand and the grapes are stirred with caution. Made exclusively in years of exceptional harvests, this champagne boasts an attractive yellow-green sheen and a delicate effervescence. Fermentation takes place in small thermostatically controlled tanks to monitor and control the process as well as to preserve all the aromas of the grapes. 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, it ages in bottle for 8 years before release.
Champagne lovers like to talk about how great Champagne pairs with food. Not all bottlings from this revered region fit that bill. Non-vintage, entry level Champagne tends to sing best all by itself, or perhaps with just some simple appetizers. Vintage bottles on the other hand have more grip and a bit of weight than their blended counterparts and often have their best moments at table. The 2009 Brut Grand Cru from Bara is one such wine. Don’t just pair with classic white wine dishes, but stretch your imagination and try with lighter red wine pairings—roasted bird, pork chops or tenderloin, or hearty vegetable dishes. make some kind of change.