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Château Haut-Bages Libéral Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2005
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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Drank a bottle 29/8/09 - still very young but already open. Beautiful nose – full of fruit, not much tannin (so will not improve vastly), coming together really nicely and quite early. Not a particularly complicated wine – very approachable. Drinking better from 2011.
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This deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 is a classic Pauillac. A big, sweet kiss of road tar aromas interwoven with cedarwood, smoke, spice box, herbs, and black currants emerges from the glass of this unexpectedly precocious, up-front Pauillac. Fleshy, with medium to full body as well as good acidity and structure, it lacks complexity, but offers a generous mouthful of wine at a realistic price. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Violet to purple color. Explosive fresh raspberry, wild honeycomb, vanilla and mint on the nose. Medium juicy tannins that are very well balanced. Long finish of coffee, raspberries and blueberries. Mike Supple. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Haut Bages Liberal 750ml
and black currants emerges from the glass of this unexpectedly precocious
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The color is very dark. The nose expresses delicate aromas of red and black berries with mineral and minted hints. On the palate, the wine is powerful, structured and elegant ; with some freshness. The final is long and pure and reveals vintage with a nice balance.
Notes: 40% new french oak. Ageing during 16 months
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