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Our Champagne of the Month for June 2014 is the Special Club 2004 from Champagne Paul Bara, a Récoltant-Manipulant situated in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy on the Montagne de Reims.
Due to its geographical location, Bouzy, like Ambonnay is assisted by a slightly warmer climate that produces riper grapes. Champagne Paul Bara has 30 superb locations under its ownership where the average age of the vine is 25 years. For much of the vintage wines the average is closer to 40 years. Producing on average for the Special Club is around 14,000 bottles per year. This house maintains traditional methods, using just the first pressing of the grapes. The yield is kept at the lowest possible level, ensuring riper grapes of fuller flavour.
The Special Club 2004 is a prestige cuvée consisting of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay both from Bouzy. It is a deep golden colour and offers citrus notes with almonds. It is fresh yet rich and unctuous with a long finish, with hints of fruit cake and jam. Given a minimum of 5-6 years in cold cellars, the maturation process in enamelled steel vats is slow and without malolatic fermentation, allowing the wine to gradually express itself. We can imagine that it will continue to age very well. Dosage is kept low at 6g/l. This is a wine that will be able to stand up to richer dishes, although ideally paired with white meats.
A beautifully crafted champagne.
Price at source €31.50