2016 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Previously $50)

SKU #1417816 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)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Lastly, the 2016 Château Barde-Haut might end up being the best wine ever made at this address from the Garcin-Lévêque family, and it certainly ranks with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Dense purple-hued with awesome notes of cassis, black cherries, spring flowers, damp earth, and violets, it hits the palate with incredible purity and precision, a deep, multi-dimensional texture, sweet tannins (from ripe fruit, not sugar), and a building sense of minerality that shows on the finish. It has the depth of fruit and elegance to shine even today yet will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and evolve for two decades. (JD) 95+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark The 2016 Barde Haut is deep garnet-purple in color. It has a powerful nose of black and blue fruit with hints of cumin seed, Sichuan pepper, candied violets, and anise. Medium to full-bodied, the firm, grainy palate is packed with rich black fruits, finishing long and peppery. (LPB) Inner quote mark (1/2023)

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. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points 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)

K&L Notes

94 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2016 Barde-Haut has a crisp and well defined bouquet, very pure, with black cherries, blueberry, violet and a touch of crushed stone, all very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, silky smooth in texture with pure black cherries, raspberry and light orange rind notes towards the finish. This represents an impressive follow-up to the 2015. Tasted at the Barde-Haut vertical at the château." (06/2022)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2023 | Send Email
Not to be outdone, the 2016 Barde-Haut St-Emilion is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, reflecting the power and finesse of the clay-rich over limestone soils of the lustrous St-Emilion plateau. Opulent, richly-textured and complex, as the finest wines of the vintage have proven to be, this possesses an abundance of pure fruits, cassis and violets, bolstered by ripe, velvety tannins and a cruising finish of lovely acidity. Pair with grilled, herb-crusted ribeyes for a truly memorable meal.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2023 | Send Email
From our good friend Hélène Garcin-Lévêque. Barde-Haut always delivers, and the excellent 2016 is no different! Incredibly complex, with notes that go from lavender, kirsch, blueberries to graphite and spices, with an earthy minerality all throughout. It is opulent, it is beautiful, and a tremendous value for its quality. Check out also the other vintages of Barde-Haut we have available in our inventory. They are all singing!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2023 | Send Email
A super solid St. Emilion with earth and cedar scents, pencil lead and dark red fruits. In the mouth, nice richness, with a bit more black fruited character (blackberry, boysenberry) and (surprise!) a dry, chalky finish.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2022 | Send Email
Chateau Barde-Haut falls into the category of “All-Time K&L Favorite” for good reason. Many of you have met owners Helen Garcin and Patrice Leveque during one of the several wine dinners they have had with us. They are pure class. Their wines are quintessential St. Emilion, hailing from terroir just adjacent to Tour St. Christophe that is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The 2016 has a perfume of dark cherries, currants, violets, potpourri, toast and and baking spice. On the palate, it displays great freshness, tannic structure and vivacity behind the rich fruit, with a long, acid-driven finish. This is Bordeaux at its best for a relatively great price.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2020 | Send Email
The first impression is that this is so focused, pure, and polished. Lovely aromas of blueberry compote and cassis lead to a palate that is full of juicy black and blue fruits, a remarkable textural refinement, and seamless, lightweight tannins. It is clean and fresh from start to finish. It will be fascinating to see how this ages. We've been a fan of this property for a long time at K&L, and even though we've adored some of the past vintages on release (and with some age), it is even more exciting to see how the style has evolved to a more detailed and nuanced take on these recent vintages.

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