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

SKU #1356327 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Just as it was en primeur, the 2017 Barde-Haut possesses notable richness and power, while retaining a good bit of freshness. Inky dark fruit, cloves, licorice, chocolate and menthol are pushed forward here. Racy and voluptuous in the glass, the 2017 is positively gorgeous today. It should drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A complex, composed impression on the nose with rich plum and earthy aromas, nicely framed in oak spice. All working well. The palate has a very smooth, supple feel with a plush build of attractive, fleshy fruit and a very impressive hold of juicy blue fruit on the finish. Drink of hold. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This features a seductive core of anise-steeped plum, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors set against a backdrop of singed alder, savory and smoldering tobacco notes. A hint of licorice snap adds a kick on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

91-93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chateau Barde-Haut showed beautifully, with more dark fruits, red currants, sappy flowers, mocha, and hints of herbs all emerge from the glass. With plenty of classic Saint-Emilion minerality, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and good acidity, it's a very pretty, elegant 2017 that's going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and drink nicely for 15 years or more. Purchased late in 2000 by the Helene Garcin and Patrice Levêque, who also run Clos l’Eglise in Pomerol, this estate covers 17 hectares of a south-facing amphitheater on the eastern side of the appellation. This is an incredibly talented team, and since arriving, they’ve entirely renovated the cellars as well as raised the level of farming up with the top estates in the appellation. The wines shine for their purity and finesse yet still have beautiful fruit and richness. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Barde-Haut is deep garnet in colour. The bouquet is well defined, demanding just a little coaxing from the glass, unfurling with pure scents of blackberry, briary, faint cassis scents and potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, quite sapid in the mouth with a touch of white pepper and clove towards the finish. It is a classically-styled Haut-Barde with a briny aftertaste. Very fine." (02/2020)

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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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