2010 Chateau Barde-Haut (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 91-94
Vinous Media: 87-90
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 91-92
Red Wine


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"Dark and dense, showing lots of fig, anise and blackberry aromas and flavors, with plenty of graphite driving through on the finish. This has serious density and range." (WS)

"Readers looking for an exuberant, nearly flamboyant, exceptionally well-made St.-Emilion should check out this effort from the Garcin family, which has done such a fabulous job with their Graves, Haut-Bergey, and Pomerol, Clos l’Eglise. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from a beautifully situated vineyard near Troplong Mondot and Trottevielle, this cuvee reveals terrific fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish. Abundant cassis and black cherry characteristics are presented in a juicy, savory, broadly textured style. The vintage’s freshness, precision and zesty acids give uplift to a big, opulent, fleshy wine. Consume it over the next decade or more." (WA)

"Deep violet-ruby. Cassis, blackberry, graphite and ink aromas display good vibrancy and precision. Firm blackcurrant and spicy blackberry jam flavors are complemented by vanilla and tar, with dusty tannins lending a slight sternness. A note of chocolate-covered black cherry sweetens the spicy finish, which mounts in astringency with air. This seems to have been a little overextracted. (Barde-Haut's softer second wine seemed almost better balanced softer to me.)" (IWC)

"Barde Haut - From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, scents of licorice, chocolate covered black cherry and espresso pop from the glass. Luxurious and mouth filling, with a minor touch of heat in the otherwise long, lush, licorice and ripe, black plummy finish." (JL)

"This is very concentrated, with a treacle tart and chocolate character. Almost raisiny. Full and velvety. Intense.$$" (JS)