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Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2015

Bordeaux - Fifth GrowthPauillac - Red - 13.5°
Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2015
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A great, rich and powerful wine from Pauillac

The estate

The Liberal family has headed Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal since the beginning of the 18th century. Over time, these fine connoisseurs have brought together the best terroirs in Pauillac. This 5th Cru Classe in 1855 has been owned by the Villars family since 1983, who has invested lots into the chateau to restore its former glory, undertaking a total reworking of their vinification tools and orienting their vineyard management towards sustainable viticulture. Under the auspices of Claire Villars-Lurton, the third generation in charge of the estate and Thomas Bontemps, Production Manager, Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal obtained its Bio certification in 2019 and is committed on its path towards biodynamic certification.

The vineyard

The 30 hectares of vines, located on one of the most high-quality terroirs in the Pauillac appellation, are cultivated on Garonne-Gunzian gravel upon a clay-limestone substratum.

The vintage

Winter was, on the whole, rainy, and conditions significantly improved from April. Water supplies were very available just before a hot and dry summer which began in June and intensified in July. Salvaging spells of rain in August gave a big boost to berry ripening, offering concentrated berries which gave a glimpse of a low-quantity but high-quality harvest. The harvests confirmed an exceptional level of ripeness, worthy of the greatest vintages. 

Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (35%).

Winemaking

Manual harvests. Traditional vinification in concrete and stainless steel tanks. Plot-based selection.

Aging

16 months of aging in French oak barrels (40% new barrels).

Tasting

This great wine from Bordeaux demonstrates a wonderfully precise balance in the glass. On the palate, which has well-integrated and firm tannins, it offers a rather energetic acidity, which gives a certain freshness to the whole. The aromatic character is sustained by black fruits, small berries in particular, as well as spices and tobacco. Between indulgence and classicism, Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2015 offers much delight up to a long and marked finish.

Ratings

Bettane+Desseauve: 95-96/100

James Suckling: 94/100

Wine Enthusiast: 94/100

Parker : 83 / 100
J. Suckling : 94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Haut Bages Liberal is medium garnet-purple in color with an earthy, reduced nose with herbs and black fruits and a waft of fungi. The medium-bodied palate is lean, green and hard.
BordeauxPauillac
Alcohol
13.5

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Environment
Conversion to Organic Farming

Decanter
91

J. Robinson
17

J. Suckling
94

R. Gabriel
17

Vinous - A. Galloni
92

Wine Spectator
89

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Pauillac

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal

On Special
No

Classification
Fifth Growth

Parker
83

Allergens
Contains sulfites

On Special
No

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