2010 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Still a bit compact, with blueberry coulis, fig and blackberry paste notes tightly wound, backed by tangy black licorice, singed apple wood and tar on the finish, which features a very sleek structure and a buried iron note. This has good vivacity and should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030. (Web-2013)
This is very concentrated, with a treacle tart and chocolate character. Almost raisiny. Full and velvety. Intense.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Loads of blueberry, black cherry and dusty, loamy soil notes as well as hints of herbs, licorice and incense jump from the glass of this well-endowed, supple wine. Tannins are sweet and the acidity sufficient to give delineation to the wine. Full-bodied and impressively endowed, it should drink well over the next 10-15 years.
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Additional remarks from Robert Parker: "The 2010 Barde-Haut is a delicious, seductive style of St.-Emilion made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Proprietress Helene Garcin-Leveque purchased the estate in 2000 and has been pushing quality ever since." (02/2013)