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Weekly Pairing 11/12/2012

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Paul Bara
Special Club

Definitely a club I would like to join! Special Club Champagne is made up of 26 grower producers who not only bottle and age the wines but grow the wines. To have a bottle marked Special Club, the wine has to be approved by the other members of the club. They are not required to present a wine every year, only in the best years when they find the base wine suitable for this special honor.

Paul Bara has been making Champagne in the Grand Cru Village of Bouzy since 1860, making a scant 10,000 cases of wine per year. Compared to other Champagne producers, this is literally nothing. Larger yellow labeled brands can make upwards of 10 million cases per year. Not to knock the big producers of Champagne, because there are plenty of small producers who make mediocre wine as well, but with wines such as Paul Bara you actually get to taste something a little more specific and unique.

The Bara wines are predominately Pinot Noir with the remainder, if any, of the cépage being Chardonnay. The real star in the village of Bouzy is the Pinot Noir. The Bara wines are full of structure and pair wonderfully with all types of food and the vintage wines can easily age for a decade from the vintage year. Try this wine with a little braised rabbit or some cheese.


The classic accompaniment to Champagne...a rich triple crème...this great one is made in the Ile de France (the area around Champagne). It is named after the Russian artificial earth satellite, so won't you rush in and grab some?

Something sweet...
Coco Suisse
CSBH Dark Chocolate Bar
$10 each

After the Champagne is gone, grab a bite of our delicious favorite house brand dark bar!

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  Champagne Paul Bara Special Club Bouzy 2004 $90.00 (currently out of stock)

  1 lb Explorateur $30.00*


  1/2 Explorateur $15.00*


  1/4 lb Explorateur $7.50*


  Coco Suisse CSBH Dark Chocolate Bar $10.00




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