2012 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 offers up a beautifully fragrant nose of mocha, coffee beans, black cherries, black currants, spring flowers and forest floor. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion with beautiful density and purity as well as a touch of toasty oak. Barde-Haut has been an over-achiever since the Garcin-Leveque family acquired it. Bravo! Drink the 2012 over the next 12-15 years.
This has a bold, spicy lead, with flashes of anise, cocoa and cinnamon giving way to lightly mulled cherry, raspberry and plum fruit. Delivers a velvety feel on the finish, showing good cut.
A wine with full body, bright acidity and firm tannins. Very fine. Pretty length. Well done.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-purple. Musky aromas of dark berries, violet, smoke and nutty oak. Fresh and suave on entry, then tougher on the mid-palate, showing as much earthy soil character as black fruits. Finishes with serious, slightly aggressive tannins. Will the fruit outlast the tannins?