Drinking above its breed and much better than expected. Fruit forward and internationally styled but nicely balanced. Ripe black cherries, cocoa, and minerals. Not over the top or overly oaked. Very nice!
Acceptable quality St-Emilion of medium ruby color, it has reasonably intense nose showing fairly complex and developing aromas of blackberry and black cherry, liquorice, cedar, earth, coffee and wet leaves. Medium in acidity, the tannin is ripe and velvety, and the wine is fairly full-bodied with palate of fair intensity and complexity, showing black cherry and blackberry, cedar, liquorice. Balanced in structure, it has a reasonable length. Although nothing outstanding, it is a plush and enjoyable wine. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years.
Licorice, coffee bean, black cherry, earth, vanilla and stone aromas are starting to become apparent. Plush, soft and round in texture, this is starting to drink well. Barde Haut remains one of the top value wines from St. Emilion.
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(Chateau Barde-Haut (St Emilion)) This wine has a big, dense, medicinal, cherry and menthol nose, rather reminiscent of cherry cough medicine. Something of a soft and diffuse palate, although there is a lot of structure underneath it, and a very firm array of flavours reflecting those found on the nose. The tannins do have a rather soft edge, but equally the midpalate is a little lean and doesn't cope well with all the raw grip and acid to be found here.
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