2011 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Austere but refined nose of cassis, minerals and cedar. Tight and linear on the palate, with a strong mineral overlay to the flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry and aromatic spices. Very precise, laser-like delivery of fresh fruits and minerals on the long finish, which also shows a persistent note of violet. Another very good wine from Hélène Garcin in 2011: less extracted than in years past and more graceful and charming.
This pumps out some mouthfilling plum, blackberry and boysenberry compote notes, studded with licorice snap and fruitcake hints and backed by a long, charcoal-studded finish. Shows ample toast. A not-shy version that should knit together well. Best from 2016 through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful effort from Helene Garcin, the 2011 Barde-Haut is dominated by Merlot blended with Cabernet Franc. It boasts an impressively saturated plum/purple color as well as an attractive bouquet of creme de cassis, sweet cherries and bluer, mountain-like fruit. With good crunchiness, vibrant acidity, a sweet core of red and black fruits and medium body, this sleeper of the vintage should drink well for a decade or more. Normally this is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (RP)
Lively spiced black cherry and cassis. Full of fruit. Fluid though structure supports that juicy mid palate. Lively and lots of pleasure.