2018 Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac


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A fantastic wine with lovely depth of ripe fruit and transparency and beauty. Full bodied. Succulent and rich tannins to the gorgeous fruit. From biodynamically grown grapes.'
James Suckling
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Why's this wine for you?

Haut-Bages Libéral, a Grand Cru Classé 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 Chateau Latour, the rest adjoins Chateau 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.

The Libéral family founded the estate in the 18th century. Generation after generation, they succeeded in forming a vineyard with the best soils of Pauillac. Claire Villars Lurton is the owner of Chateau Haut- Bages Libéral .

She modernised the winemaking facilities and introduced biodynamic and environmentally-friendly methods. Chateau Haut-Bages-Libéral is one of the least known Pauillac estates but produces exemplary clarets at extremely competitive prices.

Since 1983 it has been owned by the Taillan Group who also own Chasse-Spleen and Cos d`Estournel.

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97 Points
James Suckling
A fantastic wine with lovely depth of ripe fruit and transparency and beauty. Full bodied. Succulent and rich tannins to the gorgeous fruit. From biodynamically grown grapes.'
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94 Points
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous
The 2018 Haut-Bages Libéral is super-impressive right out of the gate. It shows all the depth and intensity I saw from barrel, with maybe a bit more tannic impact. Ripe red cherry, plum, orange peel, cedar and sweet spice all build in the glass. The 2018 is going to need a few years to come into its own, but it is a gorgeous Pauillac
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92 Points
Decanter
The 2018 Haut-Bages Liberal takes all of the signatures of the property and turns them up to 11. Rich, ample and yet also incredibly refined, the 2018 is a total knock-out. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco and star anise infuse this powerful, sumptuous Pauillac. Even with normal yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare, Haut-Bages Liberal is a stunningly deep, potent wine. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot.'92 - 95 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous'A more unfussy than slick wine, less sumptuous than some as is often the case with this estate, but as you sit with it you start to realise there's real quality here. It has a juiciness and integrity to the cassis and bilberry fruit, alongside brambles and hedgerows, with chewy tannins that build slowly through the palate providing a welcoming cushion of support. A good yield of 45hl/ha despite current conversions to biodynamics because Pauillac was hit later by mildew than the Villars-Lurton estates in Margaux. Certification expected in 2020. 40% new oak used.'
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