2017 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356327 92-95 points Vinous

 A rich, unctuous wine, the 2017 Barde-Haut is endowed with magnificent concentration and richness. Inky black fruit, chocolate, menthol, licorice and spice infuse this spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Émilion. The 2017 saw 4-5 days on cold soak about four weeks on the skins, with no SO2 during fermentation. Most of the wine is aging in 300L barrels, which is a bit larger than the norm in Bordeaux. (AG)  (5/2018)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Very tight and direct with lots of limestone and salt aromas and flavors. Full body and firm and silky tannins. Tightly wound. Impressive.  (4/2018)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The deep, inky-colored 2017 Barde-Haut is a seriously good 2017 from Hélène Garcin-Lévêque that offers tons of kirsch, ripe black cherries, and spice aromas and flavors in a rounded, silky, sexy style. It has wonderful purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. I suspect it will be reasonably approachable on release yet capable of lasting for 10-15 years. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which will spend 18 months in 80% new French oak.  (4/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Barde-Haut didn't see any frost this year due to the altitude of the vineyards. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Barde-Haut gives notions of baked blackberries, blueberry compote and Black Forest cake with touches of potpourri, dusty soil and cast iron pan. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and minerally. (LPB)  (4/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely plum, cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors glide through here, with polished toast and a bright red licorice accent on the finish. Nice energy. (JM)  (4/2018)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe, luscious fruit flavors make this wine surprisingly approachable now. The smoky tannins and structure will allow the wine to age, but it is the generous juicy character of the wine that is immediately appealing. (RV)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

92-94 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2017 Barde-Haut was picked from 18 September to 2 October, matured in 80% new oak for 18 months. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries, a touch of oyster shell and iodine, well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, more volume than the Poesia, especially towards the finish that exerts a gentle grip in the mouth. It feels very silky in texture with a persistent finish. This is a really excellent Barde-Haut, in my opinion, with the upper hand over the Clos l’Eglise this year, frankly not far off the 2016 in quality. Bravo Hélène et Patrice Garçin-Léveque." (05/2018)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2018 | Send Email
If you are under the impression that you cannot get great wine and great value from St-Emilion you need to know about two ancient estates that are making great wines in completely renovated wine making facilities with exceptional winemakers, Ch. Barde Haut and Tour St-Christophe. Amazingly these estates look directly at each other. Director Helene and winemaker Patrice Leveque are firmly on top of their game quality wise; there 2017 is 80% Merlot 20% Cab Franc and is extremely fresh with ripeness that borders on the exotic and a nice hint of chalk on the finish. Delicious wine and fine value!

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion

Alcohol Content (%): 13