Variety: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Country, Region: France, Champagne
70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Aged on lees for 5 years and finished with a dosage of 7g/l. Shows fabulous perfume and complexity with the finesse and structure of the outstanding 2012 vintage.
’The 2012 Spécial Club is a stellar wine, just as it was last year. White orchard fruit, Mirabelle plum and spice accents are immediately alluring. Rich and beautifully layered, the Special Club possesses notable expansiveness. Lemon confit, marzipan and dried flowers develop later, filling out the wine's frame with notable layers of complexity. The deep, vinous style is immensely appealing, to say the least. Disgorged: November, 2019. Drink 2020-2032.’ 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020.
'All the best qualities of the Paul Bara house style are found in the 2012 Spécial Club. Bright, ample and wonderfully perfumed, the 2012 has it all. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and white pepper all add freshness. For a 2012, Bara’s Spécial Club is very tight, which won’t be any issue at all over time, but does mean readers will have to exercise at least a bit of patience. Disgorged: October, 2019.' 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, December 2019.
Located in Bouzy just to the east of Epernay in the Marne Valley, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand cru rated vineyards to craft it’s small range of champagnes.
Their superbly sited vineyard sites have over the years been sought after by many of the top Champagne houses, and while many other producers have been busily expanding, Paul Bara have remained producing the highest quality possible from these same 11 hectares for seven generations. Now managed by Chantal Bara, the beliefs and methods remain true to previous generations, producing very low yields of the best possible grapes from these superb vineyard sites. The great art in the champagnes of Paul Bara remains the same as it always has, it is the stunning purity and depth of 100% Grand cru Bouzy fruit maintained with finesse and balance that is achieved by using such a high percentage of Pinot Noir in the blend.
Whilst the region of Burgundy has enjoyed a huge revival of its fortunes in the past 3 decades as a result of the surge in quality coming from the small growers who are now estate bottling, Champagne is also now seeing a similar surge of interest in small high quality grower champagnes. In Burgundy the best sites for each variety are well researched and have proven their capacity to produce wines of a certain quality level for centuries. Similarly in the Champagne region, the best sites of land are rated and the prices of grapes that can be achieved from those sites will depend on the rating of each site. Bouzy is one of the few villages rated 100% Grand cru and these champagnes come from those superbly sited vineyards.