An elegant and stylish Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Emilion
The vines covering the 17 hectares of Château Barde-Haut, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé owned by the Lévêque family (who also own Château de Chantegrive in Graves), were hand-picked under excellent and peaceful conditions. The beautiful previous season had helped the team manage the harvest. Consisting of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, Barde-Haut 2016 is a Saint-Emilion wine that, in this vintage, reveals more finesse than boldness. The wine expresses great balance in both the nose and mouth.
With its very pronounced, almost inky, purplish color, the Barde-Haut of 2016 boldly expresses aromas of smoke, plum and black cherry. It is elegant, refreshing and moderately delicious. On the palate, the wine is a real revelation: Barde-Haut has a certain class with a smooth tannic structure, creamy upon tannins of great maturity and finesse. The wine has clarity, considerable weight and an appreciable refreshing quality. The retro-olfaction is juicy, fruity and the final guarantee of great keeping potential. 2016 has definitely been a great year for Barde-Haut.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Barde-Haut is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, vinified without SO2, matured around 80% in new 300-liter barrels from three cooperages and the remainder in one-year-old barrels. Hélène Garçin-Léveque told me that they are focusing on the elegance of their Saint Emilion estate and are picking a little earlier and practicing slightly less extraction. It has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with layers of ripe black plum and wild strawberry notes tinged with sloes. This has very fine delineation and focus. The palate is very well balanced with super-fine tannin, very well judged acidity and tension that lasts from start to finish. This is certainly one of the most feminine Barde-Haut wines that I have tasted from barrel, expressing more precision and finesse. It is an excellent follow-up to the 2015 Barde-Haut and may well surpass it in the long-term.