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Château Barde-Haut 2013, GCC St Emilion

Château Barde-Haut 2013, a medium ruby with a tight garnet rim, offers a unique blend of ripe back fruits(berries and plums) and cassis. Its soft tannins and hints of liquorice add a delightful complexity. On the palate, you'll discover a symphony of flavours-black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, mint, toast, and graphite, all leading to a medium finish. The 13% alcohol content is balanced, leaving a slightly sweetish aftertaste. For a more pronounced acidity, chill it down. But what truly sets this wine apart is its potential to age beautifully for another five years, promising even more depth and complexity. 

Barde Haut 2013, following the highly acclaimed 2012 vintage and its elevation to the title of Grand Cru Classé, continues to impress as a consistent and esteemed property on the right bank, standing among the most respected references of Saint Emilion. Its promotion to the rank of Grand Cru Classe in 2012 was a testament to its exceptional quality, surpassing other St Emilion Grand Crus. The wine has consistently scored between 94 and 96 in recent years, a testament to its excellence. Our understanding of this wine is not recent; we have been tasting and appreciating it since 1996 in a tasting hosted by the local chapter Commanderie de Bordeaux, further solidifying its reputation. 

The result of a meticulous blend dominated by Merlot (90%) and supplemented by Cabernet Franc, Château Barde-Haut 2013 was aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new. The soil of seventeen hectares is composed of the classic clay and chalk soils of St Emilion, providing the perfect conditions for the grapes to thrive. 2013 is awarded NM92 (Wine Journal) and also WS91, further confirming its exceptional quality. Also, 91 points Wine Spectator during Barrel Tasting confirmed as 'fleshy and inviting, with plum paste, blackberry coulis, and black tea notes woven together and backed by a twinge of iron on the finish. Features some showy toast.'


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