Friday, January 23, 2009

Goblessness Personified

2000 Bouzy Rouge by Paul Bara. Pure class. This wine is so intense that I can only drink a little bit of it at a time, and yet it achieves this without any sense of weight whatsoever. (I mean, come on, it’s grown at close to the 50th parallel, for crying out loud.) An ample, effortlessly fragrant aroma of pure, crushed berry fruit saturates the palate, but at only 12.5 percent alcohol, this feels delicate and lively rather than rich, infused by a profound sense of minerality. You can almost taste bits of chalk in the glass. The most striking thing about this wine is how terroir-specific it is: it’s clearly from the southern portion of the Montagne de Reims, but it’s just as clearly from Bouzy and not Ambonnay, with its voluptuous, red-fruit flavors and generous fragrance.

It’s funny—this wine would probably be laughably expensive if you were to import it into the United States, but I would pay the money. I daresay it would be a better buy than many wines from Burgundy in the equivalent price range. Perhaps a 1989, 1996 or maybe 2002 could be more complex and grand, but it’s difficult to improve upon the sheer satisfaction of this wine. This is reference-standard stuff, not only for Bouzy, but for Coteaux Champenois as a category.


sadams62 said...

wow..sounds wonderful..i recently was floored by a still red wine that Gosset produced that reminded me of a Volnay. What was the cost of this wine? I am going to be in Champagne in a couple of months, and thought it might be fun to grab some still red wines from producers like Bara and others. Where can I find?

Anonymous said...

How does it compare to the wines of, say, Bollinger, Egly-Ouriet, or Larmandier-Bernier, for example? These wines are so rare.

Anonymous said...

cool... I'm interested in getting my hands on still red by Gatinois.

Peter Liem said...

That's fantastic that you found the Gosset Ambonnay rouge. That's a pretty rare wine. Bara's wine is not expensive -- you can find it in one of the shops across from the cathedral in Reims.

Not to take away from any of those wines, all of which are outstanding examples of what can be done with red wine in Champagne, but to me, Bara's rouge feels more effortless than any of them. I'm not saying it's "better". It just has a particuarly pure and uncluttered profile.

saignee said...

I was wondering if there was anyone bringing these wines to the US? I was always surprised with the quality of them versus my perceived expectation of them, and it would be a definite unique introduction to"cellar."

Narender Godara said...

Packers and movers Raipur
Packers and movers Rajkot
Packers and movers Shimla
Packers and movers Surat

samvilale said...

Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.
geometry dash| sniper games |happy wheels demo | happy wheels 2 |agario| five nights at freddy's unblocked games said...

Merci d'avoir partagé l'information très définitive et les circonstances entourant la mort du Général Hieu. gioco yoob 2017 juego juegos friv 2018 yoob 1000 Madame la Présidente, je remercie le député de nous avoir informé de ce qui s'est passé au comité et de son expérience de gra jouer juego twizl games yoob 100 juegos yepi Vous pouvez à tout moment, si vous le désirez, refuser de partager vos informations personnelles avec des parties tierces.

Steven Jonhs said...

Danke für das Teilen mit mir einige Ihrer Ideen betreffend sind die Möglichkeit des Verminderns unserer gegenwärtigen Arbeitslosigkeit five nights at freddy's 6 friv 2017 friv frozen friv happy wheels jogos friv 2017 Wir danken Ihnen, dass Sie diese Hoffnung mit uns teilen und diesen Schritt auf dem Pilgerweg des Vertrauens? mit uns gegangen sind.
wir danken euch für das bisherige Teilnehmen lassen, möchten aber den Rundbrief nicht mehr erhalten" oder juegos de fnaf juegos friv 100 juegos friv 4 yoob 10 yoob 4 Danke für die Mitteilung der Information an Ihre Familie und Freunde.

Regina Hilary said...

Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks.
tanki online | animal jam 2 | 2048 game | stick war 2 |stickman games |five nights at freddy’s 2 |five nights at freddy’s 4 |plants vs zombies | gold mine strike

Doraemon said...

Thanks so much! I like it! Juegos de Twizl Jugar juegos gratis de acción, juegos adictivos, juegos de rompecabezas, juegos de deportes, juegos de chicas y juegos de aventura en línea. ..y más Y8 Friv 2019 Kizi Yoob

Kizi 2017 said...

Kizi 2017 - Play the best games on Kizi for free. Enter the game world within one click!. Enjoy and have fun now!
Thank you !!!

friv 2017 said...

Danke für das Teilen mit mir einige Ihrer Ideen betreffend sind die Möglichkeit des Verminderns unserer gegenwärtigen Arbeitslosigkeit Friv4school Friv 250 Jogos De Color Switch Mariana, danke für das Teilen, danke in und bei uns zu sein; danke für deinen Unterricht, deine Bücher, deine Erinnerungen. Jogos Cobrinha Jogos Minhoca Juegos Color Switch Mühen, indem Sie einen verkürzten Workweek einleiten. Juegos Friv 2.0 Friv 2.0 Jogos De Juegos De Unser Dank geht an Norma und Ruth für das Teilen ihrer Herzen mit uns.

Festival Blog said...

Happy Dussehra
Happy Dussehra Wishes
Happy Durga Puja Wishes
Happy Durga Puja Images
Happy Karwa Chauth Images
Gandhi Jayanti Photos
Durga Saptashati

sarah saad said...

اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة