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2016 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299084 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Readers will find a rich, flamboyant wine in the 2016 Barde-Haut. There is not a ton of subtlety here, but I am not sure that matters all that much given how immensely pleasing the 2016 is. Crushed rocks, graphite, lavender, blackberry, plum, and violet infuse a Saint-Émilion that offers tremendous textural richness as well as vibrancy. Most importantly of all, the 2016 is flat-out delicious. This is a decidedly opulent, dark Saint-Émilion with all of the elements impeccably balanced. I loved it. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Incorporating 20% Cabernet Franc, the Merlot-dominated 2016 Château Barde Haut is one of the darker colored wines in the lineup. It offers a Grand Cru Burgundy-like purity and elegance as well as beautiful cassis and darker fruits, smoked earth, black cherries, and damp earth aromas and flavors. This medium to full-bodied, balanced, yet tight, backward, pure effort needs a solid 5-7 years of cellaring to round into form, but it's beautifully balanced and packed with potential. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows such complex and beautiful aromas of flowers, lavender, light spearmint and currants. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a long finish. All about finesse and length. Drink after 2022. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Barde Haut is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up expressive wild blueberries, kirsch, baked plums and spice box notes with hints of cracked pepper, lavender, garrigue and Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the palate bursts with blue fruits, framed by firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. (LPB) 93+ Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A very fresh, juicy style, with pretty floral hints framing a core of cherry, pomegranate and red currant fruit flavors that meld into one another while light anise and rooibos tea accents fill in on the finish. A mineral note knits it all up nicely. Best from 2021 through 2033. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Owned by Helene Garcin Leveque, this is a deep, rich purple in colour, full flavoured and bristling with intent. I can see the ambition, and it may be 'turned down to nine' but we are still in a firmly tannic wine that reminds me how intense Merlot can get in these parts. Extremely successful, it is going to age well, although it could do with a little more juice through the mid-palate. Largely situated on the plateau, the blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Drinking Window 2025-2042. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Barde-Haut has a pure black cherry and boysenberry bouquet with touches of crushed violet. The palate is quite dense and perhaps one of the most powerful Barde-Haut I have encountered in recent years, offering more black fruit than red, laced with tobacco and a pinch of black pepper. There is good backbone to this Saint-Émilion, and it deserves three or four years in bottle." (01/2019)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2017 | Send Email
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More richness and precsion here. Blackberry jam.. Sweet and sexy. Another winner here.
Drink from 2020 to 2032

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