2001 Barde Haut, St-Emilion (Elsewhere $80)

SKU #1006538 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Even better, the 2001 Château Barde-Haut offers a full-bodied, beautifully textured style on the palate as well as incredibly complex notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, tobacco, and Asian spices. With resolved tannins, a great mid-palate, and a concentrated, rich, powerful style, it's another 2001 that's drinking brilliantly today. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

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By: Philip Roufail | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2022 | Send Email
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Finding an affordable wine of distinction is the best kind of treasure hunt, and the 2001 Barde Haut, St. Émilion is like Indiana Jones falling into the Well of Souls. I paired this memorable Bordeaux with a steak sandwich and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor performed live at The Hollywood Bowl. Not unlike Beethoven’s masterpiece, this wine evolved in the glass with each movement. Prior to and during the Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso, I decanted the wine. From the moment the cork was pulled, the aromatics rose out of the bottle like a fleet of colorful hot air balloons. Spice, black pepper, chocolate, gravel, and luscious black fruit. The nose alone makes a promise of exceptional quality. It was difficult to wait until the melancholy of the Molto vivace to take my first sip, but once I did, the wine was true to the turbulence of its vintage. Layers of brooding complexities slowly emerge, swirling in the glass with earth, tobacco, and mushroom. Then the delicate but rousing Adagio molto e cantabile; the wine’s mid-palate moves toward the sublime with rich, opulent, fruit – black cherry, sweet red and black plums, blackberry, and cranberry framed by supple well integrated tannins. The Finale, arguably the best twenty-five minutes of music ever written, gains in power and intensity until the choral crescendo “Ode to Joy”, the perfect metaphor for the joy of this Bordeaux, in the end bursting with cedar, baking spices, graphite, violets, and hints of mint and oak-infused flavors that were still popping off my tongue an hour later. “We enter, drunk with fire.” “All creatures drink of joy.” “Kisses she gave us and grapevines.” The lyrics to "Ode to Joy" seem to be written with his wine in mind. This Bordeaux will be the centerpiece of my Christmas dinner. Highly recommend.
Drink from 2022

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2022 | Send Email
For someone looking for a mature and ready to drink Bordeaux this a wine to consider. From a very drinkable and enjoyable vintage, the 2001 Barde Haut is lively and has a lot of finesse. It is classic, with fruit and earth notes that are balanced out with integrated acid. It will great with food.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2022 | Send Email
Every once in a while we have a wine that is perfectly aged, with an affordable price, and above all, exceptional. The 2001 Barde-Haut ticks all these boxes. From an often overlooked vintage, which in a way is a good thing, prices stay down, it is drinking beautifully, and very elegantly. If you are looking for a classic aged Bordeaux, I wholeheartedly propose this bottle.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2021 | Send Email
I loved the bouquet on this wine: Cherry vanilla, roses, hints of an old vintage leatherbound book. So pretty and intense. Beautiful fruit on the palate, silky and open knit, with ripe, softened tannins and still lively acidity. 20-year-old St. Emilion from a top tier chateau under $50? Believe it.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2021 | Send Email
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From one of our favorite vintages and definitely one of our favorite producers. Helene Garcin Leveque and husband Patrice have fashioned many great value vintages at Barde Haut. This twenty year old beauty has some olive aromas mixed with a bit of toasty oak. Black fruit flavors. Fine acid balance and soft, ripe tannins. Perfect with rack of lamb.
Drink from 2021 to 2026

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2021 | Send Email
This is round, smooth, softly textured and displays a very caressing personality for 2001 vintage Bordeaux. Dark plum fruit, cedar and leather notes stay fresh, sweet, and pure on the gentle finish. Limestone-rich soils and good acidity provide freshness and lift to the rich and plush mid-palate in this inviting and easy-to-drink wine.

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