2004 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion SKU #1036432

Price: $29.99

WS 91
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  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is has far more fruit than one would expect given the vintage but as it eases into middle age the structure has melted away perfectly leaving an array of round and juicy flavors that are just beginning to become burnished with hints of cedar and touches of leather. The wine is bold, deep and rich but with no edges and a sweet, lingering finish.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A very classic and elegant St-Emilion that is in its ideal phase of development. The developed notes of leather counterbalance the delicate plum and cherry fruit, filling it with intrigue and class.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    A great value red that is mature and drinking perfectly in 2018. A gorgeous nose of ripe raspberry, with hints of vanilla and blackberry. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit, yet refined and layered with silky tannins. A perfect match with prime rib roast. Will cellar well.
    Drink from 2018 to 2028
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a seriously impressive showing from the Garcin-Leveque family, this being their 4th vintage with the property. It is drinking well above its modest price point, showing concentrated plum fruit, notes of tea leaves, and just a touch of earthy spice, all balanced to perfection. I don’t think there’s another St. Emilion in the store that can match this in terms of price to quality ratio.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This St. Emilion is drinking perfectly right now. If you like the richer style of the right bank, but can do without the excess alcohol, I think you will love this very fairly priced 2004 from Barde Haut. It is spicy, full bodied and still has plenty of plummy, dark fruit in the middle. This is a perfect pairing for skirt steak on the grill, or for a more sophisticated dish like beef Wellington.
    Drink from 2018 to 2024
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    This excellent Saint-Emilion Grand Cru estate is renowned for its wonderful clay and limestone terroir, superb viticultural practices and skilled winemaking expertise, all apparent in this bottle of beautifully mature and elegant wine. Exuberantly rich Merlot aromatics cavort in the glass, displaying an impressive, fleshy palate of deep cherry and blackberry fruit with vanilla nuances, followed by a measure of stony minerality and taut acidity on the long, lovely finish. I rarely quote Robert Parker, but he wrote this wine was a "sleeper of the vintage". Well, it's about time to wake a bottle up. Please suffer the indulgence and enjoy!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is currently my favorite Bordeaux in the store. We rarely get aged Right Bank wines this good for this good of a price, but the 2004 Barde Haut is a great example of a merlot-based wine in its absolute prime. The fleshiness of the fruit is still apparent on the palate, but it's bolstered by potent flavors of mushroom and soy sauce; so much so that I can't imagine drinking this again with a giant portobello or a steak covered in sauteed mushrooms with a soy glaze. It's rich and layered through the mid-palate with soft tannins and plenty of body, and the finish is complex with accents of earth and dark plum. This is simply an outstanding bottled of mature St. Emilion and it's something I'd like to see more of around here. We bought these directly from Helene Garcin at the Barde Haut estate this past April. I hope there's more.


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