Paul Bara Grand Cru Bouzy Rouge 2008

Champagne is not the only wine produced in the Champagne region. Some very privileged areas produce a red wine of great class. Bouzy, for example, is a highly sought-after red wine created from the Pinots Noirs grapes which abound in this area.  While Grand Cru Red Burgundy will literally cost you an arm and a leg and usually need to be put down for a good while to develop.  Paul Bara only uses their own estate fruit which is 100% Grand Cru. So when we discovered they made a Bouzy Rouge, we had to try it. Turns out its stunning and thankfully a heck of a lot cheaper than their cousins in Burgundy. The latest batch is 2008 so already with 11 years age on it, drinking wonderfully now, but will age with grace & vigor.


‘100% Pinot Noir still red wine made only in the best vintages. Paul Bara is the man who wrote the book on Bouzy. The reference wine for Bouzy Rouge. A limpid red, a Côtes-De-Nuits nose, very elegant, a real bouquet of red fruits and smoldering vine prunings. The mouth of this pinot noir is silky, balanced, taut. A fine age-worthy example of unoaked coteaux champenois from 50-year-old, south-facing vines.’ 

- 18/20 points (top-scoring Bouzy rouge), Jean-Charles Chapuzet, Terre de Vins. 


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