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Château Haut-Bages Libéral Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2010
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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"A balanced young wine, with smoky, blackberry and chewy aromas and flavors. Full and velvety, with a fresh finish...92-93" JS 04/11 "The finest Haut-Bages-Liberal I have tasted in many years, this sleeper of the vintage exhibits a blue/purple hue as well as projected aromatics of blue and black fruits, spring flowers and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with moderately high tannins, a layered mouthfeel and a long finish, it should be at its best between 2017 and 2035...91-93+" WA 05/11 "Shows friendly mocha and roasted tobacco up front, followed by a mouthfilling core of blackberry, plum and cassis. The dense but velvety finish has nice latent grip...91-94 (BT)" WS Web Only 2011
External Reviews for Château Haut-Bages Libéral Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac
Haut-Bages Libéral, a great growth Pauillac, takes its name from the Bages plateau where part of its wines are located, and also from its first known owners, the Libéral family.The vines are planted on a truly excellent vineyard site which has been consolidated since the early 18th century from among the finest land in Pauillac. Haut-Bages Libéral's largest vineyard plot borders on Château Latour, the rest adjoins Château Pichon Baron Longueville, among other illustrious neighbours. The estate was acquired by the Cruse family in 1960, and then by the Villars family in 1983.The winemaking facilities were entirely renovated and modernised, and the replanted vines have since reached maturity. Haut-Bages Libéral is a full-bodied wine, both elegant and powerful. It has become quite famous for its fine balance and concentration.
72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot. Planted on 30 hectares, half of which is located next to Chateau Latour. Yields were 42hl/ha. A lovely nose of cassis, raspberry, and a touch of new oak hints that this is a wine of extreme complexity and elegan... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Haut Bages Liberal 1500ml
Concentrated tannins very rich very firm very dry at this stage. There is a more juicy character underneath offering the potential of rich berry fruits. There s a new wood smoky aftertaste. Wine Enthusiast.
Medium-dark ruby. Fruity bright aromas of red cherry red berries and flowers complicated by cedar and graphite. Then light and lively in the mouth with strawberry raspberry and smoky dark cherry flavors complicated by hints of white pepper and gunflint. The finish features a lingering floral note and chewy tannins that will need some time to resolve but seem polished enough to guarantee a bright future. This is an excellent classically styled Haut-Bages Liberal just a step below the first
72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot. Planted on 30 hectares half of which is located next to Chateau Latour. Yields were 42hl/ha. A lovely nose of cassis raspberry and a touch of new oak hints that this is a wine of extreme complexity and elegance and the flavors in the mouth are bright silky and lively. Tasting great today as the tannins are supremely smooth and integrated. This is an estate to pay close attention to in 2010 as this wine is tremendous! John Sweeney.
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2010 is a great vintage that is distinguished by its very straight and structured style . It is a harmony between power and finesse, with a tone of classicism and silky tannins
Notes: 40% of new french oak. Ageing during 16 months.
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