The 2005 Barde-Haut is wonderfully silky and polished. Usually much more of a powerhouse, the 2005 is defined by energy, delineation and persistence. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice and lavender all build with time in the glass. Give it a few hours of air, as the tannins are pretty imposing.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2030
Tasted blind. Bright red with some evolution at the rim. Singed nose. Sweet palate entry but pretty tough, drying tannins persist while the fruit seems to be fading. Rather old-fashioned. Acidity coming to the fore.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020