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In-Stock - Double 94 Point Fabulous Bordeaux Value - 11/02/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Given its classy and wonderfully elegant delivery it’s not hard to see why the 2014 Barde Haut earned dual 94 point scores and adulations from the critics. We’ve really been enjoying the wines from proprietor Hélène Garcin and this classic 2014 St-Emilion is a perfect example of why. It is so wonderfully well-composed and perfectly poised, it’s hard to believe it doesn’t cost twice its modest $29.99 price. This price is even more remarkable when you consider other top vintage of Barde-Haut like 2005, 2009, and 2010 cost in the $40 to $60 range. As with many of the 2014s, it is ready to drink straight out the gate, but also has the body and structure to age for another 20 years or more. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it leans more towards red-fruited tones with enticing accents of crème de cassis, tobacco, and a gentle prick of spice. When it comes to Bordeaux values Barde Haut always counts among our favorites with the 2014 being an excellent addition to any red wine fan’s collection.

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2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion ($29.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Very aromatic and chalky on the nose with blackberries and blackcurrants. Licorice, too. Full to medium body, savory and chewy tannins, yet this always remains polished with a long and pretty finish. Drink in 2020, but hard not to drink now." (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Barde-Haut has turned out beautifully. Dark cherry, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco flesh out in the glass. Effortless, supple and nicely layered, the 2014 hits all the right notes. The midweight style of the year comes through very nicely in this classy, polished Saint-Émilion. Proprietor Hélène Garcin and consulting winemaker Alain Raynaud captured all of the vintage's potential. The blend is 90 % Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (02/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors that meld with dark tobacco and roasted alder notes. Maintains a fleshy edge through the finish without sacrificing energy. Best from 2018 through 2028. 4,500 cases made.(JM)" (03/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Barde-Haut, a blend of 87.3% Merlot and 12.7% Cabernet Franc, has a relatively opulent bouquet compared to its peers with ripe red cherries, kirsch, hints of crème de cassis, and it becomes spicier as it opens in the glass. The palate is smooth on the entry with succulent ripe red and black fruit. This feels harmonious and silky smooth, just a touch of pain grillé on the entry, fine structure, tightening up on the mid-palate with a gentle, insistent grip on the lightly spiced finish where the Cabernet Franc imparts a subtle bell pepper note. This is excellent. (NM)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 01, 2017

Dark red fruit mingles with dried mushroom, sage and saddle leather. Quite a brooding wine with a core of sweet fruit but plenty of savory umami qualities to boot. Exotic spicy oak adds another dimension and helps reinforce structure. Beautiful fine, chalky tannin gives length and promise for a long future (if you don't drink it tonight).

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2017

When the Garcin family presented their wines at a K&L dinner a couple months back, I was amazed at the grace and style with which Barde-Haut aged. The 2014 should be no different: It offers amazing aging potential at great value. It has great fruit, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, with toast from the oak regimen and a slightly smoky character with spice that adds complexity and layers.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2017

Our visit with Hélène Garcin at Chateau Barde-Haut in St-Émilion back in April was meant to be a brief one. It had been a very long day of tasting 2016 barrel samples on the Right Bank, and we had two more appointments still remaining. We tasted samples of all the wines in the portfolio: the two new properties Chateau dArce from the Côtes de Castillon and Poesia in St-Émilion, the fabled Clos lEglise from Pomerol, and of course Barde-Haut. In for a penny, in for a pound, and when we were offered barrel samples of the same wines from the excellent 2015 vintage we nodded our assent. The third times the charm, so when corks were pulled on the newly bottled wines of the 2014 vintage we held out our glasses once again. It is very difficult to say no to Hélène, and impossible to say no to her wines. The 2014 Barde-Haut, the second vintage produced since its elevation to Grand Cru Classé status, is very much in the Garcin mode, exquisitely polished, the epitome of refinement and grace. Tons of dark fruit, generously seasoned with spicy new oak, and with sufficient structure to more than adequately reward a brief period in the cellar.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2017

Barde-Haut is usually one of my top five value picks in any vintage, but in 2014 where pretty much the entire harvest itself is a value compared to the higher-priced 15/16 duo, Barde-Haut stands out as a supreme deal: a "MUST BUY," if you ask me. I won't bore you with additional tasting notes about how delicious the wine tastes, rather I'll get straight to the bullet points: 1) You can drink this tonight, or a decade from now, or anytime in between. The suppleness of the fruit is enticing right now, but the wine has both the acidity and the tannic structure for long-term maturation and evolution. Few wines in this price point and with this pedigree offer that type of versatility. 2) The scores here don't lie, and there are few 94 pointers in the sub-$30 category. The Barde-Haut is true-to-form St-Emilion with chalky, mineral typicity underneath all that fruit, for a slam dunk price. 3) This is the ultimate Bordeaux gateway bottle for California drinkers who want to expand their horizons. You get ample fruit from the Merlot, but it's very much a classic Bordeaux claret in style. If you're intrigued by Bordeaux and want to venture into its waters without emptying your wallet, the 2014 Barde-Haut is a great place to start. I bought a case when it landed, and now that I've emptied that case I'm going back in for more.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2017

A fabulous value from one of the best mid-range priced chateaux in St Emilion. Helene Garcin Leveque has fashioned a soft, elegant, fruit forward beauty here. Very aromatic and chalky on the nose with blackberries and blackcurrants. Licorice, too. And 94 JS points to boot. Bar none one of the best bangs for your buck in all of Bordeaux. Especially seeing that you can drink it tonight or ten years from now.