2017 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2017 Château Barde-Haut  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

This is developing right on course. The wine is richly textured, round, lush and even now, you can already enjoy the smoke, licorice, black cherry, wet earth and floral sensations. As good as this is today, if you can hold off for another 3-5 years, it should be even better!

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Floral characteristics kick off the soiree. From there you move to an introductory waltz of cocoa, plums, cherry, licorice and a background note of mint. Fresh, juicy, supple and long, there is a lot to lie here with the perfectly ready fruits giving it lift in the finish. I am also digging the less oaky approach in the aging.

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Barde haut Chais Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Barde Haut, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Barde Haut is much better with at least 6-10 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Barde Haut offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-22 years of age after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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.