2012 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion

SKU #1186819 92 points James Suckling

 A dense and polished red for the vintage with dried strawberry, raspberry and chocolate character. Full body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Needs two or three years to soften slightly but already impressive.  (1/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Barde-Haut is dark, fleshy and voluptuous, with notable depth and resonance from the Merlot. Mocha, bittersweet chocolate, plums and spices all add nuance, but above all else, the 2012 is a wine of spherical texture and intensity. Give it a few years to fully unwind. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in 300-liter barrels, 80% of them new. (AG) 92+  (1/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Offers lovely purity and mouthfeel, with notes of velvety plum, boysenberry and cherry preserves gliding easily. Features anise and ganache hints, with light charcoal and tobacco details on the finish. Shows well-integrated grip, and should cellar well. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JM)  (3/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An excellent property from the Garcin family, Barde-Haut tends to be an over-achieving estate, with Hélène Garcin and her husband doing a terrific job with their vineyard planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and outstanding concentration, with slight, yet noticeable tannins in the finish keeping it still firm. This is a beautiful wine to drink over the next 10-12 years. (RP)  (4/2015)

K&L Notes

Helene Garcin Leveque has transformed this beautiful estate’s winemaking facility to state of the art, and the wines clearly reflect this. This wine features flashy, beautiful Merlot fruit with some toasty oak—hard not to love now and a tremendous value from the Right Bank that excelled in 2012. 91-93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: " … A lifted, rounded, quite sensual bouquet with a lot of fleshy, expressive Merlot fruit. It is modern in style, very pure and generous. The palate is nicely poised with sumptuous red berries, kirsch, a touch of white pepper and a nice grip on the finish that refrains from becoming over-powering. Excellent. Tasted April 2013."

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2019 | Send Email
A few years of bottle age have softened the harder edges of this bargain. This is grapey and bright with firm dark plum fruit and hints of damp soil. Though noticeably resolved since release the finish remains clean and fresh. Drink tonight.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2015 | Send Email
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Helene Garcin Leveque has transformed this beautiful estate’s winemaking facility to state of the art, and the wines clearly reflect this. This wine features flashy, beautiful Merlot fruit with some toasty oak. A fruit-forward vintage and a delicious wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2015 | Send Email
I was worried that the freshness might have left St. Emilion- trampled by points and pundits. Luckily, this very well balanced Barde Haut is proof that refreshing purity can still be found on the right bank of the river. This sweet fruited, pure, plummy Bordeaux will drink well with an hour in the decanter and a skirt steak now, or for many years into the future.
Drink from 2015 to 2027

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Saint Emilion