Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Barde-Haut, SAINT-ÉMILION Grand Cru
$55.20 inc. GST
The 2020 Barde-Haut clearly benefited from its limestone soils in this vintage. It does not disguise its opulent nose and displays more blue fruit than some of its peers, gaining purity with aeration and delivering macerated black cherries, loganberry, crushed violet and very subtle hints of fresh fig. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that disguise the structure of this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. Depth and length toward the finish, which shows real panache. Gorgeous.
93-95 Neal Martin, Vinous.
A good drop of damson and black cherry fruits right up front, and holds its line while the more austere tannins come in towards the finish. Expertly extracted, self-contained right now, firm fruits that don't dip through the mid palate alongside a glossy wash of liquorice, black chocolate, sage and anis. This is clearly going to age well. 60% new oak for ageing. Owned by Hélène Garcin-Leveque, this is located right next to Troplong Mondot. 94 Jane Anson, Decanter.