This property was bought by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard in September 2000, 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 with views over the Dordogne valley. 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. Malolactique fermentation is done in new french oak barrels specially selected from different coopers for the property. The wine is then aged for 18 months in barrels. 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. Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard also owns Clos L’Eglise in Pomerol, Château Haut-Bergey and Château Branon in Pessac Léognan.
The 2013 Barde-Haut has a fresh, slightly candied bouquet with raspberry pastilles and touches of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. The acidity is nicely judged with slightly leafy black fruit, and all it really lacks is persistence on the finish.