Paul Bara Brut Grand Cru “Spécial Club” 2015
(Champagne, France) - [VM 94]
Regular price $135.00 Sale price $129.97 Save $5.03
The nose is richly aromatic and beautifully fresh. The palate possesses notes of citrus and Granny Smith apple. A full-bodied champagne with good balance and persistent freshness.
Duck with cranberry sauce.
Varietal Composition: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Average Vine Age: 35 years average
Soil Type: Clay, Limestone
Vineyard Area: 11 ha total
"Like all of Paul Bara’s releases, Pinot Noir is the back-bone of their Special Club. Production is strictly old-school, with only free run and first press juice used, fermentation in small cement tanks, and aging and riddling in cold, extremely deep cellars for several years. Nothing is released until ready.
Each year, the Special Club represents the pinnacle of the Bara process and style. Superlatives seem to be insufficient when describing the experience of savoring a glass of this Champagne. It simply has it all—refined hazel-nutty, toasty notes, bright acidity, some of the most delicate bubbles ever created, and a finish that lasts and lasts (sometimes longer than the bottle does)."
—Clark Z. Terry, Kermit Lynch
Ratings & Reviews94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2015 Special Club is one of the more powerful, vinous Champagnes in this range. It offers up a beguiling mix of orchard fruit, white flowers, chalk. mint and white pepper, all backed by considerable volume and substance. Another year or two in bottle should help this find even better balance. It's a fine 2015. Disgorged: February 2021." - Antonio Galloni (May 2022)