2011 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
This has solid flesh, with plum and cherry compote notes framed by a lightly taut plum skin edge. There's good spice through the finish. Well-extracted but not overdone.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A successful effort in this vintage, Barde-Haut’s 2011 (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) from proprietor Helene Garcin exhibits soft black currant and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of spice box, earth, vanillin and blue fruits. Medium-bodied with surprising density for a 2011, soft tannins, adequate acidity and a fine finish, it should age effortlessly for 10-15 years.
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.
* Trey: Fat and sweet, with fleshy fruit and toasty spice. There's lots of oak, but it has the fruit to balance it out. New wave style but actually pretty nice. 90-92 points.