2013 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion

SKU #1270834 88-91 points Wine Spectator

 *Barrel Tasting* Fleshy and inviting, with plum paste, blackberry coulis and black tea notes woven together and backed by a twinge of iron on the finish. Features some showy toast.  (4/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my go-to, consistently excellent St.-Emilions that tends to over-perform its pedigree (although it was elevated in the 2012 St.-Emilion classification), Barde-Haut’s 2013 reveals lots of spice, red and black currant and plum notes along with good minerality in a medium-bodied, modern style. There is some depth and ripeness, although it is more superficial than in top vintages. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. (RP)  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Barde-Haut is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (the latter currently being replanted.) It has an outgoing and pure bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit that is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannins, hints of blueberry and blackcurrant pastille embroidered around the fine structure on the finish. Probably about the best wine you could have made in the growing season. Tasted April 2014."

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Saint Emilion