Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Chateau Barde Haut, SAINT-ÉMILION Grand Cru
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Merlot.
Located in the east of Saint-Émilion, beyond Trottevieille, the Garçin-Léveque family's Barde-Haut occupies a 17-hectare amphitheater of vineyards, planted with around 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
"We tried to be as gentle as possible, and not make the wines into something they could not be." I was quite impressed with the wines I tasted with Hélène Garcin-Lévêque. The wines show the mix of richness and energy that is such a signature of the year. Good depth and plenty of resonance. Rose petal, lavender and spice meld into a core of red/purplish berry fruit. All the elements are very nicely balanced. Specifically, the oak imprint is not as present as in previous years, and that's a good thing. The 2021 is beautifully done from start to finish. 92-94 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Brambly red fruit mingled with loamy scents and light marine aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit and gentle grip. A much more linear and vertical Barde-Haut compared to recent vintages, ending in a lightly spiced finish. Give this very commendable Saint-Émilion three or four years in bottle. 91-93 Neal Martin.
A successful 2021 Barde-Haut, offering up aromas of sweet berries, cherries and plums framed by a creamy patina of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, with tangy acids and a generous endowment of powdery structuring tannins, it's a blend of more or less 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (the latter increasingly deriving from massale selections taken at Clos l'Eglise). 91-93+ William Kelley, Wine Advocate.