After the birth of a child, some women want jewelry, some a spa treatment; e, I wanted Champagne- good Champagne! After nine months of no alcohol, ok I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a sip of wine here and there, I decided that I wanted to end my alcohol hiatus with some of the best celebratory wine out there. I called up a fellow wine lover friend in France and had her ship me an arrangement of interesting Champagnes. One of the first bottles we popped open upon my return home, was a Grand Cru from the village of Bouzy, by Paul Bara. With 170 years of experience, this vineyard produces seven Champagnes, from white to rose’, from a classified 100% Grand Cru terrain. The Brut Reserve’ we had was a non vintage, and is the base wine. The bubbles were slightly on the large size, but numerous and rose quickly to the top of the flute. The limestone and chalky smells, the minerality of the wine, were the most impressive aspect- refreshing and inviting. Lemon, grapefruit and apricot also came through on the nose, adding a slight sweetness to the overall bouquet. The bubbles exploded in the mouth and sparkled on the way down. The acidity and minerality followed and the alcohol was balanced. Besides the big bubbles, the only other ‘problem’ was the length of the flavor- it was short. Of course, I am just nit picking, because overall this wine is ten times better than most Champagne you’ll find for the same price, and it’s sold all over the US.