2002 Paul Bara Champagne Special Club

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Vintage: 2002
Producer: Paul Bara
Variety: Champagne Blend
Designation: Special Club
Region: France
Sub-region: Champagne, Bouzy
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $90 (Marquis)

He says: This is good, well-made Champagne, however, I’m not so sure I’d recommend it at the price, and at this age. Almost 9 years old, it’s starting to show signs of being past it. The nose is all secondary flavours and very reminiscent of apple pie. On the palate, the flavours are slightly out of balance with a strange mix of baked, sweet fruit and a tart, citrus backbone. It didn’t really wow me, and for that reason, I’d rather have two bottles of the Non-Vintage Paul Bara for a few dollars more.

She says: This is definitely not a champagne for the faint hearted. Big and rich, with intense flavours of apple pie, yeasty baked bread and some oxidative notes like raisins. Interesting, and for me thoroughly enjoyable although I have had older champagnes that have held their age better than this. And the teasing possibility of 2 bottles of their Brut wins hands down (surely we should celebrate the long weekend honey!)

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- gold, med bubbles with long persistence
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, fully developed, baked apple, pear, apple pie, bread, yeast
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, baked pear, citrus, very sweet & ripe, hint of raisin, finishes very tart, some yeasty aromas, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Drink now, but not for much longer

1 comment to 2002 Paul Bara Champagne Special Club

  • 1. I love your champagne focus.

    2. I don’t disagree with your review, though I didn’t get some of those flavours you mentioned (though I had it a year ago), but I do think that aged champagne is very different than young champagne and appeals to a completely different palate.

    3. The price is pretty reasonable for the quality (remember, Veuve is $70), but I think your points are fair. Given all the grower options around, I wouldn’t choose this as my personal preference at this price point. I do think, though, that those who love big rich champagne will enjoy this a lot.

    Looking forward to more champagne thoughts.

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