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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bordeaux Uncorked: Chateau Barde-Haut Saint Emilion Grand Cru

"Wine is fury and passion and sweetness and sex all bottled to glorious delight."- Dawn Garcia

Indeed it is, and thanks Chateau Barde-Haut Grand Cru bottling of this nothing short of amazing bottle of wine, I was invited for a what can only be described as a ringside seat to this wines amazing finesse and power. The glorious delight part of the equation entered the ring, via the paltry price of admission, seeing I only paid $40 for this beauty. 

I say paltry because I know this wine could easily sell for so much more than the asking price I paid, but who's complaining? Surely it's not I. Did I have any idea that the wine in this bottle would be this good? Frankly the answer is a flat-out "no"! But I like to think of myself as someone who is "experienced", when it comes to choosing wines blindly [seeing this isn't my first rodeo].

First, I surmised from the front and back label oh "Grand Cru" huh? Bonus, a definite plus. Second, the vintage was 2010, helping to put this wine into the I want to purchase column. And last, reading the back label I saw the word "gravity" in regards to their newly built crush-pad operations. It was at this point I knew it was a slam-dunk. 

Once I got this wine home, rested it in my cellar for a few hours and uncorked it later in the evening, it was everything I expected and more. My only regret is I didn't purchase more of them, but even at $40 each, Mrs. Cuvee may have raised more than just an eyebrow if I had taken more than just the one bottle ["C'est la vie"].

Now unto the tasting note portion of the review. Not much going on in the nose, but rough dried florals, cedar and dried dark fruits. But once this wine made contact with my palate, holy-shite batman game over. Power, finesse and a tangible sexy appeal took me by surprise, dazzling me from the first pour to the very last drop. A harmonious wine with Merlot leading the way and Cabernet Franc bringing the sexy. 

The body of the wine was muscular, but richly robust. As you can see from the label, this wine weighs in at a whopping 14.7%, I say "whopping' because not many wines from Bordeaux veer into that abv range. I'd expect to see this from a 2009 or even the much vaunted 2003, but that said in no way did this wine come off as "hot" or flabby. 

In fact it was quite the contrary, it was lean in all the right places and plush where the yum-factor meets the tasty road.This wine is meticulously sculpted, nice concentration to the dark plum, licorice, rich earth, tobacco, vibrant minerality and still stiff tannins to merit some cellaring, but clearly enough bright acidity and juicy briar temptations to make it approachable in the short term [now]. 

It is a huge wine, cellar potential is good, but drinking now potential is even more tempting. Either way this wine represents a true win/win for the average vino-sapien at large. Especially for anyone who wants an amazing taste of what Bordeaux [Saint Emilion to be precise] has to offer those seeking to adventure outside the comfy confines of domestic conformity. Read that fantastic back label [which by the way for anyone taking note, is how it should be done] and see for yourself why this blind purchase was a slam dunk for me. 

Even though the pictures of the bottle are in artistic black and white, there's nothing black and white about the wine in that bottle. It will "wow" you with each sip and, even the eventual slurp, but one thing you will experience is sadness when you emptied the bottle completely, even laying it on its side to get out that last drop. 

Okay for my score I gave this wine a well deserved 94 points, the price makes it a QPR star in my opinion. And if you needed some other points of view on this same wine, feel free to grab them here. This is also a great place to buy this wine, if you indeed feel moved to do so, but I would not hesitate too long they're going fast. 

Okay folks, until next time remember life is short, continue to sip long and prosper cheers!

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