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Chateau Barde Haut St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Barde Haut St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Barde Haut was purchased by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard in September 2000. Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard comes from a Bordeaux wine family who also own properties in the region. She is related to Florence and Daniel Cathiard who own Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Pessac Leognan.  

Over the past few years, the Garcin-Cathiard family has made a significant investment in renovating the cellars and vineyards of Chateau Barde Haut. The wine making facilities and other buildings have all been remodeled as well. Designed by noted architect Nadau Lavergne, Chateau Barde Haut does not look like it did a few years age.

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Completed in 2012, two Corten steel buildings have been created with the purpose of striving to be as green as possible. There is a green roof with solar panels, filters to collect, clean and recycle rainwater and a small wind turbine that creates outdoor lighting. The look of Chateau Barde Haut is modern and minimalistic, yet it is not out of place in St. Emilion. The new design of Chateau Barde Haut was created with the goal of being as green and environmentally conscious as possible.

The 16 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Barde Haut is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Chateau Barde Haut is located in the eastern portion of St. Emilion on a well elevated, limestone plateau. The terroir of Chateau Barde Haut is clay over chalk soils. The vines are on average 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,150 vines per hectare. Chateau Barde Haut has good neighbors. They are located close to Troplong Mondot.

To produce the wine of Chateau Barde Haut, in the cellars of Barde Haut, everything is transported by gravity. For the vinification of Barde Haut, the cellar is equipped with a combination of temperature controlled wooden vats, stainless steel tanks and concrete vats that vary in size from 50 hectoliters to 70 hectoliters. Pigeage is conducted by hand. Malolactic fermentation is performed in new 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels for about 18 months.

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Chateau Barde Haut is managed by Helene Garcin Levesque also runs two other Right Bank estate, Clos L’Eglise in Pomerol and Chateau Poesia in St. Emilion. Helene Garcin Levesque is also in charge of Chateau Haut Bergey and Chateau Branon in the Pessac Leognan appellation. Vignobles Garcin also owns Poesia in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Chateau Barde Haut is popular with consumers as the wine offers both quality and character, coupled with style and it sells for a fair price.

Consulted by Dr. Alain Raynaud, the wines of Chateau Barde Haut have been steadily improving. This modern St. Emilion drinks well early and offers ripe, dark berry and licorice notes. There is a second wine, Le Vallon de Barde Haut. Close to 3,500 cases are produced each year of Chateau Barde Haut.
  
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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Barde-Haut

    1. With fresh herbs and polished black cherries, this round, forward and fresh wine leaves you with dusty tannins in the finish. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.45. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Packed with luscious, sweet, ripe and polished berries, the wine is rich, flashy, fleshy, forward and fun, finishing with licorice-coated black cherries. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Soft and sweet, with licorice, espresso bean and black raspberries, this forward, open, soft wine is already serving up pleasure.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Light ruby in color, with earth, floral, anise and black cherry scents, this fresh, medium bodied St. Emilion ends with bright, black raspberries. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. Barde Haut remains one of the better Bordeaux value wines. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Packed with licorice, earth, espresso bean and black cherry liqueur aromas, the wine is rich, plush, polished and sexy, with a sweet, round, black cherry, fennel, mocha and plum filled finish. Drink it young, or age it, this remains one of the best values in St. Emilion today.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 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. 91-93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Smoke, vanilla, black cherry, licorice, plum and coffee aromas open to a soft, round, stylish, plush, plummy wine. There is good structure to the wine. Clearly this will be better after 5-7 years of bottle age.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Barde Haut is deeply colored, with floral, licorice, cherry, and dark berry aromas. Silky textured, it ends with sweet, dark berry flavors. 91-93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Licorice, herbs, cherries, cassis and truffle scents open to a richly textured wine finishing with more red than black fruit flavors.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. 2008 Barde Haut starts with a perfume of licorice, black raspberry, mint and strawberry. Full bodied and filled with ripe fruit, the wine ends with a long, sweet, chocolate, black cherry and black raspberry finish. 91 pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Château Barde Haut is a sexy little thing. Soft, elegant, and plush, it already offers pleasure. Black fruit, licorice, coffee, and kirsch make the perfume. This full bodied, rich wine pleases the palate with a long, rich, black fruit filled aftertaste. 90-92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Licorice, coffee bean, black cherry, earth, vanilla and stone aromas are starting to become apparent. Plush, soft and round in texture, this is starting to drink well. Barde Haut remains one of the top value wines from St. Emilion.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Barde-Haut

    1. There is no reason to hold off from tasting this delicious wine. The licorice, coffee bean, black cherry and truffle aromas are where they need to be. The wine is rich, soft and supple on the palate. This has at least another decade of positive evolution in its future.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. The black cherry, anise tinged aromas are further complicated with accents of ripe plum and blackberry. Very ripe and silky on the palate.

      91 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Licorice, black and blue fruit, vanilla and coffee bean, medium bodied and a light, jammy black cherry finish. This is fully mature and requires consumption.

      89 points - Tasted
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  10. 2001 Château Barde-Haut

    1. Drinking at the perfect state of maturity, with ample notes of licorice, vanilla, black cherry, earth and stone. Soft, round and packed with sweet, ripe fruit, Barde Haut remains one of the best deals available from St. Emilion.

      91 points - Tasted
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  11. 2000 Château Barde-Haut

    1. With scents of black raspberry, licorice and oak is soft and elegant on the palate. This is already drinking well.

      90 points - Tasted
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