Château Haut-Bages Libéral is a 5th classified growth from Pauillac, offering an extremely good value. Half of the vineyard is situated right next to Château Latour, and the other half is just behind Château Pichon Baron! This family estate has been able to maintain a steady quality thanks to heavy investments over the past decade or so. You will surely enjoy this typical Pauillac exhibiting a great balance, delicious flavours of ripe blackcurrant, notes of spices and a long finish. Do not hesitate to keep a few bottles in your cellar, it will age very well.
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Château Haut Bages Libéral
5th Grand Cru Classé
Dry Red wine
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
from 2019 to 2030
2 hours before serving, ideally decanted
Tournedos Rossini, roasted poultry, cheese
Sandstone, Clay, Gravel
25 years old
16 months in oak barrels, 40% new oak
|What experts say|
90/100 "Fine lifted fragrance of Cabernet with very good clarity and persistence, depth to come. Always shows an attractive liveliness of fruit."
88/100 "The 2014 Haut Bages Liberal has a slightly subdued bouquet at the moment: black fruit with woodland and cedar aromas, though I feel that vis-a-vis its peers, it needs more fruit to come through. The palate is better with redcurrant and cranberry, edgy in the mouth with slightly dry tannin on the finish. Saline on the finish, this is a decent Haut Bages Liberal, though it needs to knit together and gain more persistence in the mouth."
90/100 "A hint of bay streaks through quickly before the core of red and black currant preserves takes over. Hefty in feel, with extra anise, spice, pepper and singed apple wood notes filling in on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028."
93/100 "The estate, under the direction of Claire Lurton, continues its slow regular progress. In this vintage, the emphasis is on the fruit, which is forward and full of black-currant flavors. There is a good medium-term potential to this ripely attractive wine. Drink starting from 2022."
92-93/100 "Lots of good fruit here that give depth and seriousness. Full and juicy. Round tannins.