Chateau Barde Haut St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Chateau Barde Haut Chateau Barde Haut St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Barde Haut History, Overview

Chateau 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 also related to Florence Cathiard and Daniel Cathiard who own Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in the Pessac Leognan appellation.  

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 the noted architect Nadau Lavergne, Chateau Barde Haut does not look at all like it did just a few short The years age.

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The renovations and remodeling of Chateau Barde Haut were completed in 2012. An important part of the design is the two Corten steel buildings that were 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 minimalist, yet it is not out of place in Saint Emilion. The new design of Chateau Barde Haut was created with the goal of being as green and environmentally conscious as possible. Chateau Barde Haut is the first major estate in Saint Emilion to have developed a fully green, estate.

Chateau Barde Haut Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 16 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Barde Haut is being replanted. When that work is done, the vineyard will show a marked decrease in the amount of Merlot. Most of the the walled in vineyard of Chateau Barde Haut is one large parcel. The vineyard is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, which in turn, shows a big increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc. These changes have taken place over the years on a gradual basis. They were started after the estate became managed by Helene Garcin. Chateau Barde Haut is located in the eastern portion of St. Emilion on a well elevated, limestone plateau. Most of the vineyard is placed next to the chateau and the chais. They also have parcels of vines planted close to Chateau Fombrauge.

The terroir of Chateau Barde Haut is clay over chalk soils, with limestone below the surface. Their best terroir is on the plateau and the top of their slopes. Most of the vineyard is on a beautiful, well-drained, hillside slope. The vines are on average 35 years of age. However, they also have some very old, Cabernet Franc vines. 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, Tour Saint Christophe, Pavie Macquin and Lif.

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 15 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 mostly new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees for a portion of time, during the barrel aging process. 5% of the crop is produced using micro vinification techniques, meaning that the wine is vinified in barrel and not tank. The wine is aged in 80% to 100% new oak barrels for about 18 months. The amount of new oak varies, depending on the character of the vintage.

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The best vintages of Chateau Barde Haut are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001 and 2000.

Chateau Barde Haut is managed by Helene Garcin Levesque also runs two other Right Bank estate, Clos LEglise 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 sensuous, age-worthy style and it sells for a fair price.

Dr. Alain Raynaud was the consultant through the 2014 vintage. Starting with the 2015 vintage, Thomas Duclos has been retained as their consultant. While the wines of Chateau Barde Haut have been steadily improving, clearly 2015 is the finest vintage ever produced at the estate. This modern Saint 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.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Barde Haut with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Barde Haut is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Barde Haut is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Barde Haut is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
  
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Château Barde-Haut Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Black raspberry and earthy scents are coupled with lush textures, ripe tannins, black cherry, licorice and just a hint of dark chocolate. Dark in color with a density of raw material and a good bit of energy, this wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.3% with a pH of 3.45.

      93 points - Tasted
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  2. 2015 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Forward in style, this should allow consumers to pick up on its licorice, black raspberries, plums, espresso and dark chocolate with ease. The finish is lush, opulent and fruity, there is a hint if truffle that is already peaking from its sleep as well.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep, dark ruby in color with notes of flowers, smoke, licorice, black raspberries, plums and just a hint of espresso, this wine is the bejeweled mistress of the house. Rich, round and opulent in texture, the wine feels superb on the palate with a bit of dusty tannin in the finish. 2015 was an early harvest for Barde Haut, taking place September 21 to September 28. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and will be aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for about 20 months before bottling.

      94 points - Tasted
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  3. 2014 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, forward, and displaying a truffle, tobacco, espresso, dark plum characteristic. Soft, and easy drinking, this is a wine to drink while waiting for the 2015 and 2016 to come around.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Espresso and black cherry notes on the nose are followed by a sweet, fresh, lively cocoa, blueberry and plum finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and will be aged in 80% new, French oak barrels. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2013 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, forward, soft textured open wine, with a licorice, red cherry, smoke and espresso character that is best for early drinking consumption.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 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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  5. 2012 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Earth, licorice, coffee bean and plum notes create the nose. The wine is medium bodied, forward, soft and open, delivering a sweet, black cherry, cocoa and fennel finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. 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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  6. 2011 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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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  7. 2010 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Starting to open up and deliver licorice, espresso bean, earth and sweet, dark cherries with ease, the wine is full bodied, concentrated and ripe, with freshness to the fruits, licorice and earthy fruits in the end notes.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 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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    3. 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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  8. 2009 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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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  9. 2008 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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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  10. 2007 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, full mature and just starting to lose its fruit, this requires drinking in the near future to enjoy the remainder of the plummy, earthy, red fruits.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Medium bodied, full mature and just starting to lose its fruit, this requires drinking in the near future to enjoy the remainder of the plummy, earthy, red fruits.

      88 points - Tasted
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  11. 2006 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, firm, fresh, crisp style of wine, with an earthy, fresh plum, thyme, smoke and espresso perfume. This is probably close to fully mature.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. 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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  12. 2005 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Young, fresh and vibrant, this is starting to show well. The fruit is fresh, the minerality is present, the lush, silky textures are in the forefront and the sweet, energetic, fruit filled finish is right where it needs to be. This should get even better with another year or two in the cellar.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffle, licorice and black cherries abound in this soft, polished, lush wine that finishes with sweet, ripe cherries and cocoa. This is drinking in the sweet spot today.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. 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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    4. 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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  13. 2004 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Licorice, earth and black cherries, soft in texture and fully mature, this is drinking in the sweet spot today.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 2003 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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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  15. 2001 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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
      2397 Views
  16. 2000 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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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  17. 1998 Château Barde-Haut ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, soft, open and delivering licorice, truffle, cocoa, black cherry, smoke, coffee bean and wet earth aromas, the wine is soft, lush and offers length and character. It's hard to believe this is already just days away from its 19th birthday.

      91 points - Tasted
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