In mid-January, Bob and I wandered through the misty mornings in Bordeaux taking the trolley from lab to lab to taste 75 wines per appointment. We go in January because it is the off season and people have the time to prepare marathon tastings so that we can take our time to find wines to buy, and sell. While 2010s are foremost in our minds (stay tuned, we are accumulating them for mass offerings soon), we also like to find wines that have already been cellared and are ready to drink. And here we are with 2001 Barde-Haut, recently released from the Chateau, this beauty charmed me in an afternoon session and really stood out. Impeccably balanced, ripe fruit upfront and folding out into earth inflected mid palate, the length fines out very nicely. The wine is drinking perfectly now too. 2001s were overlooked, not being one of those blockbuster styled vintages. For people wanting to drink wines beyond the primary this is a great find, supple, seductive and sure to please.
94 points, Rhett Beiletti, B-21 Wine Specialist (Feb 2013)
Beautiful red with soft, silky tannins and delicious berry, cherry, vanilla and light tobacco character. Full-bodied, with a caressing texture and a long finish. I like this better than the 2000. Best after 2006. 3,080 cases made.
90 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2004)
Saturated medium ruby. Black raspberry, coffee liqueur and sexy oak on the nose. Less pliant and expressive today than the 2002 and 2003 but firmly built and stuffed with berry, spice and mineral flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and long. I'd give this at least four or five years of additional aging.
89 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (May/Jun 2004)
A high level of austere tannin in the finish may prove to be this medium-bodied wine’s undoing. While it possesses a dense ruby/purple color, big, extracted flavors, and a sweet perfume, the tannin’s angularity/astringency is cause for concern. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2014.
88 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 153 - Jun 2004)