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Haut Bages Liberal 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

*2012 Bordeaux Future. Delivery Fall 2015.*Despite a slightly pinched mid-palate, the 2012 Haut Bages Liberal has turned out to be attractive. Medium-bodied and elegant with notes of plums, black currants, cassis, cedar wood and underbrush, it is a well-made, pure effort.Robert Parker Wine Advocate (86-88 pts.)*We will notify you on arrival. Summer 2015.*

Château Haut-Bages Libéral:
When the Chateau came on the market in 1982, the great names of the Medoc region fought to buy it. The owners of Chasse Spleen were to become the proud owners. Their first vintage was a success, in no way hindered by the fact that 1982 was an exceptional year for Medoc wines. Since then, the quality of the work carried out by the wining team has not slackened and the wine they produce is becomi... Read more
When the Chateau came on the market in 1982, the great names of the Medoc region fought to buy it. The owners of Chasse Spleen were to become the proud owners. Their first vintage was a success, in no way hindered by the fact that 1982 was an exceptional year for Medoc wines. Since then, the quality of the work carried out by the wining team has not slackened and the wine they produce is becoming more and more popular with journalists and professionals of the wine world. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Haut Bages Liberal

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,762
4.00 5
05/05/2014

Smoky and rich on the nose with dried herbs and integrated wood in a rather big yet focused style. Attractively complex on entry, this is smooth, rich with fruit, very polished with a hint of olive to the deep black currant fruit. A moderately powerful if very fresh this shows lovely fruit in the mouth and finishes with some extracted inkiness, though this remains bright. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,762
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Woodsy, herbal, sweet wood swimming in sweet, plummy fruit – powerful and yet soft with well integrated structure blanketed but rich, slightly extracted feeling fruit, it’s really lovely with just enough rigid structure to keep it from getting cloying, tight on the finish but with sneaky length and excellent balance, a crowd pleaser (91-92)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,762
4.50 5
Vintage: 1975 09/22/2008

Lovely nose here with direct cassis that offered nuances of gravelly dust, smoke, charred ashy wood and a very intense floral top note. This turned more savory with notes of rye bread and subtle caraway with hints of black pepper and a lovely cedary quality. This offers a great integration of fruit and structure. Up front there is a nice smokiness followed by almost liquory fruit that is cut by clean mineral notes. This offers up lovely bottle sweetness and while it is a touch coarse at first that element softens with time and the somewhat simple but sweet core of chewy fruit really carries through to the finish. this improved all night and is just excellent mature Bordeaux with plenty of life left. Drink now- 2015


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,762
4.50 5
05/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/19/2014

A dark red colored wine; spicy, toasted and leather and wild aromas; good balance between tannin and fruit, full bodied, silky.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/19/2014

"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


Snooth User: feadog
95049542
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/11/2011

Young and slightly closed, classic Bordeaux attributes like cassis, cedarwood and fresh tobacco. Pretty balanced and complex with good tannic bite.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/17/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,061
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/26/2013

Another 2006 5th growth from the cellar. The bouquet is Cabernet-dominant with a blackberry and currant scent sprinkled here and there with graphite. On the palate, there is some residual tannin, although the melange is balanced with lots of red fruit. Fruit depth is a little weak (a victim of the vintage no doubt) with a shorter finish than expected. A typical Paulliac from an average vintage and worthy. Drink now through 2015. 88 points.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,061
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 06/27/2010

The usual blackberry, tobacco and currant nose is definitely there... and definitely Pauillac - but the wine still seems a bit... well, reluctant and closed. Upon entry, there are fine tannins present with stewed red fruit that would pair pleasantly with all kind of hearty fare such as roast beef or boar. There is also a medium finish with the red fruit living on for 30 seconds or more. Some finesse present with streaky spice and cedar hidden in the dominant red fruit mixture. A decent Pauillac from a decent vintage. Cellar for another 2 to 3 years and try again.


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External Reviews for Haut Bages Liberal

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 03/19/2013

Lively, with good lift and floral aromatics followed by a fresh mix of red cherry, black cherry, red currant and black currant. Nice tarry edge creeps in on the finish.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Haut Bages Liberal 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 05/15/2012

60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. From a 30-hectare estate located next to Chateau Latour. Aged in 40% new French oak. Deep ruby in color, with a bouquet of red and black fruits and a spicy, peppery profile. The palate offers plum, cassis, red r... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Haut Bages Liberal 6000ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/16/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/08/2011

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.


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*2012 Bordeaux Future. Delivery Fall 2015.*Despite a slightly pinched mid-palate, the 2012 Haut Bages Liberal has turned out to be attractive. Medium-bodied and elegant with notes of plums, black currants, cassis, cedar wood and underbrush, it is a well-made, pure effort.Robert Parker Wine Advocate (86-88 pts.)*We will notify you on arrival. Summer 2015.*

Notes: 40% of new french oak. Ageing during 16 months.


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