2016 Chateau Barde-Haut

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91-94
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 96
James Suckling: 93-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 93-96--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine


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"Juicy, with good bramble and plum cake accents along the edges of the cherry, blueberry and raspberry preserve flavors. Judicious toast lets the fruit shine through the finish while keeping the energy up. Score range: 91-94 -JM " (WS)

"The 2016 Barde-Haut is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, vinified without SO2, matured around 80% in new 300-liter barrels from three cooperages and the remainder in one-year-old barrels. Hélène Garçin-Léveque told me that they are focusing on the elegance of their Saint Emilion estate and are picking a little earlier and practicing slightly less extraction. It has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with layers of ripe black plum and wild strawberry notes tinged with sloes. This has very fine delineation and focus. The palate is very well balanced with super-fine tannin, very well judged acidity and tension that lasts from start to finish. This is certainly one of the most feminine Barde-Haut wines that I have tasted from barrel, expressing more precision and finesse. It is an excellent follow-up to the 2015 Barde-Haut and may well surpass it in the long-term." (WA)

"Readers will find a rich, flamboyant wine in the 2016 Barde-Haut. There is not a ton of subtlety here, but I am not sure that matters all that much given how immensely pleasing the 2016 is. Crushed rocks, graphite, lavender, blackberry, plum, and violet infuse a Saint-Émilion that offers tremendous textural richness as well as vibrancy. Most importantly of all, the 2016 is flat-out delicious. This is a decidedly opulent, dark Saint-Émilion with all of the elements impeccably balanced. I loved it." (VM)

"Lots of blueberry and blackberry character here. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. Should develop beautifully. Exciting young wine." (JS)

"Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2016 Barde-Haut is certainly in the same ballpark as the 2015. Terrific black and blue fruits, flowers, violets, and licorice notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, fresh, vibrant 2016 that’s very much in the style of the vintage." (JD)

"Sexy, lush earthy, rich and packed with layers if soft, ripe, deep, dark red fruits, licorice, coffee and chocolate. While the wine is rich, it also retains its freshness. 2144 Views Tasted May 21, 2018" (JL)