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2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion SKU #1308788

Price: $39.99

JS 94 VN 94 RP 91
WS 91
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K&L Notes

Those who have been around K&L for a bit know some about Hélène Garcin-Lévèque's elegant wines and her modern, clean style. Together with her husband Patrice, she runs several properties in Bordeaux and also an Argentinian winery, the famed Bodega Poesia. Barde-Haut is one of their top properties, acquired several decades ago by her mother Sylvaine Garcin. Since then it has seen quite a bit of investment from the family, and Patrice now makes the wines himself. A dedicated winemaker, he rarely leaves the vineyards, so Hélène is more the public face of Château Barde-Haut. The 2014 vintage was a good one; the wines are more classic than the opulent 2015s, and far better than the hit-and-mostly-miss 2013s. With the classic structure of 2014, this wine has a long life in front of it, so you’ll want to decant it about an hour before tasting. It is sumptuous, rich, elegant and intense with loads of blueberry and cassis both on the nose and palate. The tannins are still firm, but the edge has rounded out nicely so it’s already in fine shape for your Friday night steak.

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Staff Reviews

  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    9/18/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    At a recent winemaker dinner featuring this property we had the opportunity to taste a range of vintages. I find the 2014 shows more blackberry than plum and red fruits and the savory notes speak a little louder than the 2012 or 2015. It has considerable backbone -- give it time to open up then enjoy with grilled meats and good company.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    6/22/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This is filled with ripe red fruits, cedar and milk chocolate in a rich but clean style that shows off the structure of the vintage. Hints of savory herb, light tobacco and subtle spice show up on the finish. Delicious now but with a long life ahead.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    11/1/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark red fruit mingles with dried mushroom, sage and saddle leather. Quite a brooding wine with a core of sweet fruit but plenty of savory umami qualities to boot. Exotic spicy oak adds another dimension and helps reinforce structure. Beautiful fine, chalky tannin gives length and promise for a long future (if you don't drink it tonight).
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    10/31/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    When the Garcin family presented their wines at a K&L dinner a couple months back, I was amazed at the grace and style with which Barde-Haut aged. The 2014 should be no different: It offers amazing aging potential at great value. It has great fruit, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, with toast from the oak regimen and a slightly smoky character with spice that adds complexity and layers.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    10/31/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Our visit with Hélène Garcin at Chateau Barde-Haut in St-Émilion back in April was meant to be a brief one. It had been a very long day of tasting 2016 barrel samples on the Right Bank, and we had two more appointments still remaining. We tasted samples of all the wines in the portfolio: the two new properties – Chateau d’Arce from the Côtes de Castillon and Poesia in St-Émilion, the fabled Clos l’Eglise from Pomerol, and of course Barde-Haut. In for a penny, in for a pound, and when we were offered barrel samples of the same wines from the excellent 2015 vintage we nodded our assent. The third time’s the charm, so when corks were pulled on the newly bottled wines of the 2014 vintage we held out our glasses once again. It is very difficult to say no to Hélène, and impossible to say no to her wines. The 2014 Barde-Haut, the second vintage produced since its elevation to Grand Cru Classé status, is very much in the Garcin mode, exquisitely polished, the epitome of refinement and grace. Tons of dark fruit, generously seasoned with spicy new oak, and with sufficient structure to more than adequately reward a brief period in the cellar.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    10/31/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Barde-Haut is usually one of my top five value picks in any vintage, but in 2014 where pretty much the entire harvest itself is a value compared to the higher-priced 15/16 duo, Barde-Haut stands out as a supreme deal: a "MUST BUY," if you ask me. I won't bore you with additional tasting notes about how delicious the wine tastes, rather I'll get straight to the bullet points: 1) You can drink this tonight, or a decade from now, or anytime in between. The suppleness of the fruit is enticing right now, but the wine has both the acidity and the tannic structure for long-term maturation and evolution. Few wines in this price point and with this pedigree offer that type of versatility. 2) The scores here don't lie, and there are few 94 pointers in the sub-$30 category. The Barde-Haut is true-to-form St-Emilion with chalky, mineral typicity underneath all that fruit, for a slam dunk price. 3) This is the ultimate Bordeaux gateway bottle for California drinkers who want to expand their horizons. You get ample fruit from the Merlot, but it's very much a classic Bordeaux claret in style. If you're intrigued by Bordeaux and want to venture into its waters without emptying your wallet, the 2014 Barde-Haut is a great place to start. I bought a case when it landed, and now that I've emptied that case I'm going back in for more.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    10/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    A fabulous value from one of the best mid-range priced chateaux in St Emilion. Helene Garcin Leveque has fashioned a soft, elegant, fruit forward beauty here. Very aromatic and chalky on the nose with blackberries and blackcurrants. Licorice, too. And 94 JS points to boot. Bar none one of the best bangs for your buck in all of Bordeaux. Especially seeing that you can drink it tonight or ten years from now.
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