2011 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090799 90-92 points 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.  (4/ 2012)

89-92 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2023. (Web-2014)  (4/ 2012)

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/17/2013  | Send Email
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.

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Saint Emilion