2018 Barde-Haut (St-Emilion)

20% Cabernet Franc 80% Merlot
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
90-92 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, April 2019

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This has an amazing richness to the nose, with fruit that`s ripe but supple, displaying the silky tannins of the vintage. It`s a truly luxurious wine, combining liquorice, freshly shaved cherry wood, a gourmet touch of dark chocolate and pencil lead, but everything remains very much in balance. A great job from owner Helene Garcin Leveque. Harvested between 21 September and 11 October. 3.5pH. Drink 2027 - 2040. 94 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Barde-Haut is a final blend composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sashays sensuously out of the glass with effortless baked blackberries, preserved plums and blueberry pie notes plus hints of incense, powdered cinnamon, cigar box and star anise. Full-bodied and packed with spicy black and blue fruits, it is beautifully textured with firm, velvety tannins and just enough background freshness, finishing very long and seductive. 92-94 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Barde-Haut is a rich, heady wine. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, chocolate, leather and spice race out of the glass in this flamboyant, exotically ripe Saint-Émilion. There is no shortage of stuffing, but the wine needs time to come together. Specifically, the new oak needs to integrate more fully, but this is a barrel sample, and it is not uncommon to see wines at this stage showing this way. The more exotic side of the vintage is very much on display. The harvest ranged from September 29 to October 12, which is relatively drawn out by the estate`s standards. 92-95 points

Chris Kissack

From Hélène Garcin-Lévêque, this cuvée is usually treated to a lavish application of oak, and the 2018 vintage does nothing to buck the trend. It has an evocative nose, laden with barrel spice, with a notes of cinnamon, cigar box and toasted tobacco, along with a little perfumed chalk, while the fruit takes a backseat. The palate shows the same character, with richly baked and spiced red plum, in a degraded style, all hiding beneath a wealth of toasty barrel notes, so that the entire palate feels infused with tobacco and spice. This is very typical for Barde-Haut at this stage, right through to the long, rich, oaky and tannic finish. I really would like to see the foot taken off the toaster-pedal here. 90-92 points

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