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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Bouzy Brut Réserve Grand Cru
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut Grand Cru Millésimé
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Brut “Comtesse Marie de France” Grand Cru Millésimé
Pinot Noir 40 - 50 years Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Millésimé
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Spécial Club Brut Rosé Grand Cru Millésimé
Pinot Noir 35 years average Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Grand Cru
Pinot Noir 30 + years Clay, Limestone 11 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Only the first pressing of the grapes is used for the wine

• After alcoholic fermentation, the cold cellar temperatures force the wines into dormancy over the winter months

• All grapes undergo fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks

• White wine and rosé does not undergo malolactic fermentation

• Punch-downs and pump-overs occur daily for red wines

• Red wine undergoes a natural malolactic fermentation

• Bouzy Rosé is a blend of direct press, saignée, and Bouzy Rouge

• Dosage of 8 grams/liter, with the exception of “Comtesse Marie de France” which has a dosage of 6-7 grams/liter

• NV Bouzy Brut and Rosé age in bottle for 3 years before release, vintage cuvées age 6 to 12 years

MISCELLANEA

Author of a “History of Bouzy,” Paul Bara is the memory and the great specialist of the cru, the fruit of which he knows how to preserve so marvelously without adding weight to the palate. That his eldest daughter is succeeding him does not at all change the house style. In particular, their Brut Réserve and the Cuvée Club, two wines of rare aromatic distinction, can be compared to the best, most prestigious cuvées from negociants at a half or a third of their price.


The Best Wines of France 2006 (published by La Revue du Vin de France)


Bara epitomizes all that is wonderful about old world, hand-crafted Champagne. Their vineyards are all rated 100% Grand Cru; the bottles are all processed one at a time, using techniques developed over 100 years ago; the wines are seamless, at once delicate, and at the same time powerful. There’s simply nothing to compare them to.

Bruce Neyers, KLWM