- Château Barde-Haut
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2018 - 2030
- Case size
- Available Now
Robert Parker, June 2016,
Sylvie Garcin’s 2005 Barde-Haut comes from 42-plus acres of vineyard and is dominated by Merlot, with a good healthy dose of Cabernet Franc. It displays notes of chalk, crushed rock, blackcurrants and black cherries. It is a big, masculine style of wine from the Garcin family that has still not attained its plateau of maturity. In spite of the tannins, structure is not an issue with this wine, but it needs time to come around. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker, April 2008,
A tasty, opulent 2005 from proprietress Helene Garcin, this sexy wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color followed by a sweet bouquet of licorice, black cherries, blackberries, oak, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, and disarming, it will drink well in 2-3 years, and should age for 12-15. By the way, I have recently begun sampling my 1998 Barde-Haut, which is just emerging from its adolescent stage. It, too, is a beauty! Drink: 2010 - 2023
Robert Parker, April 2007,
From a well-situated, 43-acre vineyard next to the fabulous Troplong-Mondot, the beautiful 2005 Barde-Haut, under the leadership of Helene Garcin, offers abundant amounts of sweet berry fruit intermixed with licorice, pain grille, and barbecue spice notes. This plush, pure, medium to full-bodied effort will provide delicious drinking in 3-4 years, and last for two decades. Drink 2010-2030.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
The finest effort from this estate since their breakthrough 1998, the 2005 (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) exhibits sweet, crunchy black raspberry and cherry fruit interwoven with hints of smoke, herbs, and toasty oak. It is a structured yet powerful, rich, pure, exceptionally ageworthy Barde-Haut that should hit its peak in 4-5 years, and evolve over the following two decades. Drink: 2010 - 2026
Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
Rich, vibrant nose - very vital. Masses of acidity. A little bit skinny. Drink 2012-22.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Flowers and blackberry follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and pretty.
The Garcin-Cathiard family (of Clos L'Eglise fame) have taken Château Barde-Haut off the capable hands of Dominique Philipe. They have equalled, if not bettered, his helmsmanship, producing wines that are rich and opulent in the more modern style of St.Emilions. Château Barde-Haut's vineyards are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc vines planted on pure clay and limestone. In the winery, the wines undergo prolonged fermentation with frequent pigéages followed by 18 months ageing in new oak barriques.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.