Made from tiny yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare (May hail damage resulted in this small crop), the opaque purple-colored 2009 reveals an extraordinary nose of mulberries, black cherries, charcoal, barbecue smoke and forest floor. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with silky tannins as well as a broad, unctuous texture, this beauty can be enjoyed now and over the next 15+ years. It is fashioned from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
One of the super values in Bordeaux is proprietress Helene Garcin's Barde-Haut estate. (She has also done a magnificent job with several other Bordeaux properties, particularly Clos l'Eglise in Pomerol and Branon and Haut-Bergey in Pessac-Leognan, as well as in Argentina.)
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
A tiny crop of 18 hectoliters per hectare (the result of the mid-May hail damage) lead to an opaque purple-colored, richest, most concentrated, biggest Barde-Haut made to date. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 possesses an intense bouquet of mulberries, boysenberries, charcoal, toast, and graphite. Extremely full-bodied, thick, and viscous with good freshness and definition as well as sweet, but high tannins, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next two decades. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2010-2030.
Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Tasted at Clos l'Eglise. This has a very seductive nose, pure red-berried fruit, well integrated creamy new oak, very fine definition with kirsch, cranberry, wild strawberry and cedarwood. Just a little gas on the entry, a full-bodied, very tannic, sinewy palate, very powerful with layers of black, cedary fruit, in fact, more akin to a Left Bank than a Right Bank wine. Well balanced but very primal, almost broody at the moment. Grippy finish. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Love the blueberry and mineral character in this young wine. Full-bodied, with silk tannins and a fruity, chocolate and light vanilla cream aftertaste.
|Score: 89/92||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Particularly deep crimson. Luscious nose with real zip and an edge of morello cherry bitterness - attractive. Supple, lots of fruit almost smothers the tannins. Dramatic and delicious. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2015-2025.
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Under the same ownership as Pomerol's Clos l'Eglise, this is a property situated near to Troplong Mondot and La Mondotte. Wine-making is overseen by Alain Reynaud of La Fleur de Gay. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 100% new oak, 14.5 degrees. Picked very late in October. Thick, chewy and heady with extra-ripe black fruits, vanilla oak flavours, a firey mid palate and undeniable concentration.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, November 2009|
This shows a lightly roasted edge, leading to coffee and warm blackberry confiture flavors followed by slightly jammy plum and black cherry cobbler notes. The lush finish picks up definition, though, with a nice singed apple wood note and solid drive. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2025.-J.M.
|Score: 93||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012|