2015 Barde-Haut, St-Émilion

SKU #1387483 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark An awesome Saint Emilion, the 2015 Château Barde-Haut showed even better on this occasion than on release. A huge nose of sweet crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, violets, leather, and dried herbs gives way to a full-bodied wine that has a great mid-palate, ripe, silky tannins, not a hard edge to be found, and a great, great finish. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackberries, blueberries, wet earth and black tea. Full-bodied, dense and layered with medium, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and power. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Barde-Haut has a lovely bouquet with black cherries, raspberry and crushed stone, wilted rose petal and iris flower emerging with time. The palate is finely chiseled with crisp acidity, much more precision than previous vintages and added sustain on the finish. A turning point for this Saint-Émilion estate. Tasted at the Barde-Haut vertical at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A restrained style, with a core of damson plum, raspberry and cassis flavors held in check for now by fine-grained cedar, sanguine and iron hints. There's racy acidity running underneath and a long, focused finish, so cellar this to let the two sides meld fully. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Barde-Haut gives up notions of plum preserves, potpourri and baked cherries with underlying Chinese five spice and cigar box hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and background freshness supporting the spicy black fruits, finishing on a lingering earthy note. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2023 | Send Email
One of our more estimable producers has to be St-Emilion’s stunning Château Barde-Haut, under the wise, felicitous guidance of Hélène Garcin-Leveque and her husband Patrice. Her unmatched dynamism as an ambassador of her family’s portfolio and his intimate, working knowledge of the amphitheater of vines under his watchful eye, are the epitome of synergy. The 2015 Barde-Haut St-Emilion $44.99 is on track to be one of the best wines ever produced at this estate, echoing the words of the Patrice Lévèque, “no makeup, just a truthful wine that will age!” An elegant, richly imbued wine, with aromas of ripe black plum and bright cherry following through on the palate with touches of spice, loam and leather. This wine will evolve for another decade if you have the desired patience, but why wait?

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2021 | Send Email
The wines of Barde-Haut have been on an upward trajectory since Hélène Garcin-Leveque took over years ago. The 2015 is a wonderful culmination of a great vintage, beautiful St. Emilion terroir and prime winemaking. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc - plenty of heady ripe berry, tart cherry aromas, dusty leather and black pepper. The texture is so smooth and elegant, and the sweet fruit has a nice bright finish that begs for the next sip. This is great, top vintage St. Emilion.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2021 | Send Email
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Barde Haut is one of K&L's go to wines for value. Helene Garcin Leveque and her husband Patrice have done an amazing job in the last 15 years. The 2015 vintage was exceptional in St Emilion and Barde Haut hit it out of the park. Tons of black fruit aromas that follow to the palate. Sweet and ripe and delicious right now. Can cellar ten more years.
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2020 | Send Email
A bit more flamboyant than many Barde-Haut offerings and showing the richness of the vintage but with plenty of tension and tell tail mineral on the finish. This shows off ripe raspberries, fig and dark plum fruit in the dense middle before the tannin and mineral buried underneath pull the finish along.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
After reading the excellent critical reviews, I was excited to try the 2015 Barde-Haut for myself. Well, it one-hundred percent lives up to the hype. It is loaded with ripe blue and red fruits, but the notes of mint and eucalyptus raise this St-Emilion to another level entirely. For those who love a modern style of Bordeaux, this Barde-Haut delivers in spades. Give it a chance to open it up as the wine just keeps evolving with baking spice, tea, and slate flavors emerging. This 2015 is ready to drink now and I wouldn't be surprised if it continues to develop for another 20-plus years. That this bold and dashing red can be had for under $50 makes it all the more appealing. Barde-Haut is at the top of their game and this glorious red makes the case that they are among the most exciting properties in the Right Bank today.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
Usually one of the top high-end values in Bordeaux, Barde-Haut's 2015 take things to another level. Aromatically it is incredibly intriguing, nuanced, and dynamic. While the core seems very traditional St-Emilion, there is a wild blue fruit note that keeps showing through. The palate shows terrific focus and balance, certainly dialed back from the bigger, more flamboyant styles of, say, 2009 or 2010. But qualitatively it should be in the same conversation. A bright burst of acidity carries deep red fruits, hints of earth, minerality, and mouth-coating tannins. The 20% Cab Franc shows up through the finish in a very engaging way. This is a lot of wine for the price and should thrill Bordeaux fans of all types over the next 15-20 years.

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