Château Barde-Haut, St. Emilion, FR, 2020 (Futures) 6-pack 6x750 ml

$209.70 Excl. tax

WA: 93 - 95 Opaque purple-black in color, the 2020 Barde-Haut opens with a beguiling perfume of wild blueberries, dark chocolate and candied violets.

WA: 93 - 95 Opaque purple-black in color, the 2020 Barde-Haut opens with a beguiling perfume of wild blueberries, dark chocolate and candied violets before giving way to notes of kirsch, forest floor and spice cake with a waft of dried mint. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with juicy black and blue fruits, supported by a lovely line of freshness and beautifully soft tannins, finishing with impressive restraint and a long-lingering mineral note.

Château Barde-Haut is an estate on the Right Bank of Bordeaux known for its Merlot-dominant red wines blended with Cabernet Franc. The property covers 17 hectares (42 acres) in the far east of the Saint-Émilionappellation.

The château came into prominence after it was bought in 2000 by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard of Vignobles Garcin. The Garcin family also owns several other Bordeaux estates such as Clos l'Eglise in Pomerol. Significant refurbishments have been implemented since its purchase, most notably converting the winery to becoming entirely gravity fed. Subsequent vintages have had positive critical reception and in 2012 Barde-Haut was elevated to grand cru classé status in the review of the Saint-Émilion classification.

The wine is roughly 85 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Franc. It typically sees 18 months in mostly new French oak, depending on the vintage. Production of the grand vin amounts to more than 3000 cases annually. A second wine, Le Vallon de Barde-Haut, is made from a similar blend, but sees less new oak and less barrel time. Production of the second wine is about half that of the flagship Château Barde-Haut.

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