91pts Jeb Dunnuck
Outer quote mark The 2006 Château Barde-Haut also showed well and has outstanding notes of dried herbs, spice box, chocolaty dark fruits, and earth. It's not the most complex wine in the lineup, but it's balanced, medium-bodied, rounded, and undeniably charming.
89pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine, a blend of 80' Merlot and 20' Cab Franc, has matured and taken on layers of dried and preserved fruit characters in the years since Parker's review, and is now at its peak drinking time.
This richly fruity, disarmingly charming 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to elegant black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice and underbrush, a plush texture, sweet tannin, and a layered finish. This is a hedonistic wine to enjoy over the next decade. Drink date: 2009-2019.
Chateau Barde Haut is a 17 hectare estate located at the extreme east of the village of Saint-Emilion. The vineyard forms an natural amphitheatre and is particularly well exposed to the south. The soil is very typical of Saint Emilion being mainly composed of clay which is found on a layer of chalk.
There has been significant investment in renovating the cellar so that all work is completely done by gravity to ensure that the precious grapes of the Château are well respected. The cellar is equiped with wooden vats, stainless steel tanks and concrete vats of 50 to 70 hl. A strict policy of selection to ensure the quality is undertaken and individual steps including pigeage are all carried out by hand. It is the combination of exceptional soil and the introduction of natural wine producing and winegrowing technologies combining tradition and modernity that have made CHATEAU BARDE-HAUT one of the rising stars of Saint Emilion.