Château Barde-Haut 2013, GCC St Emilion

Medium ruby, tight garnet rim. Ripe back fruits(berries and plums) and cassis with soft tannins and hints of liquorice. On the palate, notes of black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, mint, toast and graphite with a medium finish. At 13%, alcohol feels balanced, which finishes a bit sweetish. Chill it down to increase perceived acidity. It may keep for another five years.

After a 2012 vintage hailed by international critics and the accession to the title of Grand Cru Classé, Barde Haut 2013 confirms the constancy of this lovely property on the right bank among the most acceptable references of Saint Emilion. Promoted to the rank of Grand Cru Classe in 2012, Barde Haut has over-achieved significantly compared to the other St Emilion Grand Crus. In recent years, the scores are in the level of 94 to 96. We feel we understand this wine; we have been tasting this wine since 1996 in a tasting hosted by the local chapter Commanderie de Bordeaux.

The result of a blend dominated by Merlot (90%) and supplemented by Cabernet Franc, Château Barde-Haut 2013 was aged for 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. 2013 is awarded NM92(Wine Journal) and also WS91.

88-91 points Wine Spectator

*Barrel Tasting* 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. (4/2014)

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