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2005 Chateau Barde-Haut Saint-Emilion (half bottle)
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($48) Good full ruby-red. Explosive ripe aromas of redcurrant, minerals, chocolate mint and tomato. Large-scaled, voluptuous and sweet, with very intense berry and chocolate flavors lifted by minerals, menthol and spices. Finishes with wonderfully broad tannins and an extremely long finish that leaves the palate vibrating. From a very cold terroir (the soil is clay over rocky limestone) that takes longer to warm up each day, but in 2005 this vineyard obviously reached near-perfect ripeness. Offers an exciting combination of thickness and depth with lift.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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