Paul Bara Annonciade Millesime Grand Cru, Champagne, France 2005
"The 2005 Brut Grand Cru Annonciade is a very pretty wine in this challenging vintage. Orange zest, spice and dried flowers add shades of nuance to the Pinot fruit. Although a bit slender for a pure Pinot Champagne, the 2005 has terrific freshness, plenty of drive and none of the awkward notes that penalize so many 2005s. I wouldn't push my luck on aging. Even so, this is an impressive and hugely delicious Champagne from Paul Bara. The Annonciade was fermented and aged in barrel. Dosage is 6 grams per liter."