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Château Barde-Haut


Château Barde-Haut makes lush, forward St Emilion from a sixteen hectare vineyard with an variety of aspects planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

  • 2014 Deep and saturated colour; tight to the rim; ripe and rich; evidently concentrated; very rich but not jammy; well handled; sexy and nicely done; sweet ripe fruit but still very Bordeaux; this works wonderfully; lush and lavish but not at all overdone; brilliant effort. Best wine of the Grand Cercle tasting. Terrific effort. [90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 17ha]. Drink 2018-2030. Tasted blind Grand Cercle 29 March, 2015. 92-94+
  • 2013 Deepish but has life and vibrancy at the edge; unctuous but fruit driven – plums, spices/black fruits; this works – very attractive aromatically; has nice measured fruit tones too [and sweet oak too]; oak is integrated and woven-in [not overly dominant as some others others]; nicely measured palate; has layers and thickness with oak influence on the palate but not over done. This should settle nicely. Coffee and mocha notes on the finish. Drink 2016-2025. Tasted blind 30/3/14 Rive Droite. 88-90+
  • 2012 Deep and saturated; ripe and rich with plenty of oak and spicy, plummy fruit; yes there is a coffee bean note and an attractive earthy undertow; very attractive overall [on the nose]; similar tones on the palate; plenty of spicy plum tones with blackcurrants; modern style but with nice Bordeaux freshness. Chocolate on the finish, along with a bit of tannin and a twist of acid. Like this. 90-91+ Tasted blind at Cercle de Rive Droite Sunday April 7, 2013
  • 2011 Deep and saturated; perfumed St Emilion; plums, fresh and serious; depth; real violet perfume lift here; minerality; nice palate; lots of fruit and attractive qualities. Nice tannin. Round and full. Well done. Tasted blind at Cercle Rive Droite. 88-90+

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