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Château Haut-Bages Libéral Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2003
The name of Château Haut-Bages Liberal has two roots. The LIBERAL family ran the property in the early eighteenth century. Brokers from father to son, they sold the harvest in the Netherlands and Belgium. Their name adjoining to the topographical designation, earned them to be invited worldwide to the table of political parties of the same name. Over time, these connoisseurs gathered the best soils of Pauillac. Thus, this 5th Classified Growth in 1855 now has half of its vineyards adjacent to Château Latour and the other half behind Château Pichon Baron, on the heights of the locality "Bages", a large plateau in the south of Pauillac. The property would regain his youth when, in 1960, the Cruse family, owner of Château Pontet Canet, another 5th Classified Growth in Pauillac, acquired the property. The Cruse would launch an extensive program of replanting the vineyard. However, it was in 1983 at the arrival of the Villars family that Château Haut-Bages Libéral really recovered its former glory. Today, the property is run by Claire VILLARS-LURTON. She undertook an overhaul of the tool of winemaking and she directs the vineyard management to a sustainable viticulture.
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From a preservation machine, likely saw little air, but may have been open over weeks. Inviting nose of ripe blackberry, cassis, light spice, and vanilla. Intense, tasty fruit in the mouth (cassis, plum, perhaps blackberry ... sorry can't detect red fruit as others did) with light smoke, spice, pepper, and stone plus hints of sweet bay leaves or earthy dried fruit (figs?). Lengthy finish of some fruit, slightly burnt toast, and bitter nuts. Body medium plus, acid medium, tannins medium plus. Nicely balanced. Dry. Would like to decant and try it again.
Just opened a bottle we have had for a couple of years. Very good, garnet color, great nose, complex flavor with a slightly bitter finish
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Dark in color, with intense aromas of crème de cassis, mineral and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2010. 10,665 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Haut Bages Liberal 750ml
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The nose is open with elegance and complexity. Some hint of white truffle and black sherry and blackberries. The palate is balanced with a nice freshness. The tannins are mellow.
Notes: 40% of new french oak. Ageing during 16 months.