The NV Brut Réserve Grand Cru is a terrific introduction to the Bara house style. Citrus; almond, orchard fruit and floral notes abound in a Champagne of real personality and class. The texture and resonance of the Pinot that makes up most of the blend and the natural richness of Bouzy are felt mostly in the wine's weight and textural feel. There is plenty to like in this vinous, inviting Champagne from Bara. Disgorged: January 2018. Dosage is 7 grams per liter.
Score: 90 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Nov 2018
TASTING NOTES: As a symbol of the savoir-faire of the House, this non-vintage brut has a lovely clear, yellow colour, accentuated by hints of old gold. The carbonation is fine and white, making lively, regular chains of bubbles. On the nose you will find aromas of ripe, fleshy fruit dominated by Mirabelle plums, followed by spices and honey, and punctuated by hints of candied fruit, bergamot and orange peel. In the mouth, fruitiness and freshness are lushly combined to produce a full-bodied wine reminiscent of ripe yellow peaches with just a touch of pepper.
FOOD PAIRING: Aperitif, celebration, Thai food, scallops, shrimp, strawberry shortcake, apple crumble pie.
Grape Varieties: 80% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay