2008 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
92 points Wine Spectator: "This is a step up. Ripe and polished, with lots of blackberry, plum sauce and melted black licorice notes that are carried by dense but velvety tannins. Extra anise, violet and incense notes push through the vivid finish, where there's plenty of buried grip. A strong showing. Best from 2013 through 2019." (04/11) 89 points Robert Parker: "Fruity, soft and fully mature, the 2008 Barde-Haut offers up notes of licorice, roasted herbs, cedar and spice. Medium-bodied with an evolved, endearing character, it should be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years." (05/11) 4 out of 5 Stars from Decanter: "Deep colour. Rich, dense fruit. Supple, layered texture. Tannins ripe, firm and long. Drink 2015-2025." 88-91 points Tanzer: "Inky ruby. Initially reticent nose opens slowly to hint at plum, coffee and game. Sweet and full on entry, even fat, offering rich plum and coffee flavors. Then finishes slightly austere, with a bit of warmth."