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Château Haut-Bages Libéral

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2022
94
Mint-leaf, flowers, plums, and black currants with peppery spices create the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, bright, soft, energetic, spicy, and floral. There is a lot of energy, vibrancy and freshness in this wine. The crisp, chewy, red currant finish is spicy, long, and bright, with a dab of spearmint that comes in at the end of the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Merlot. 13.9% ABV, 3.54 pH. Picking took place September 6 - September 26. Drink from 2027-2045. 93-95 Pts.

Mint-leaf, flowers, plums, and black currants with peppery spices create the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, bright, soft, energetic, spicy, and floral. There is a lot of energy, vibrancy and freshness in this wine. The crisp, chewy, red currant finish is spicy, long, and bright, with a dab of spearmint that comes in at the end of the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Merlot. 13.9% ABV, 3.54 pH. Picking took place September 6 - September 26. Drink from 2027-2045. 93-95 Pts.

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2021
91
Flowers and tobacco leaf accompany the bright red fruits on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a softness as well as sweetness in the fresh red currants on the palate, and a touch of refreshing spearmint in the finish. The wine will be easy to enjoy just about on release. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. This represents the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend in the history of the estate, 13.2% ABV. Drink from 2024-2039. 90-92

Flowers and tobacco leaf accompany the bright red fruits on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a softness as well as sweetness in the fresh red currants on the palate, and a touch of refreshing spearmint in the finish. The wine will be easy to enjoy just about on release. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. This represents the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend in the history of the estate, 13.2% ABV. Drink from 2024-2039. 90-92

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2020
94
Flowers, smoke, tobacco leaf, sweet bright red currants, and forest floor are at the center of the nose and palate here. Fresh, bright, and energetic, the wine is fresh and vibrant, with loads of bright, fresh, chewy, crunchy, dark, ripe red fruits, round textures, and leafy herbs on the mid-palate and in the savory, spice-tinted finish. The wine is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. Drink from 2027-2055.

Flowers, smoke, tobacco leaf, sweet bright red currants, and forest floor are at the center of the nose and palate here. Fresh, bright, and energetic, the wine is fresh and vibrant, with loads of bright, fresh, chewy, crunchy, dark, ripe red fruits, round textures, and leafy herbs on the mid-palate and in the savory, spice-tinted finish. The wine is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. Drink from 2027-2055.

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2019
94
Dark currants, blackberries, tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box, and crushed rocks show easily on the nose. On the palate, this modern, classic-styled wine is fresh and vibrant with a core of chewy, crunchy, dark, ripe red fruits, spices, and leafy herbs. There is length, freshness, and tannins with the structure to age and evolve for 3 decades. It will need a few years in the cellar, so give it some time to evolve before pulling a cork. The wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Make no mistake, this is the best vintage ever produced of Haut Bages Liberal. Drink from 2027-2055.

Dark currants, blackberries, tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box, and crushed rocks show easily on the nose. On the palate, this modern, classic-styled wine is fresh and vibrant with a core of chewy, crunchy, dark, ripe red fruits, spices, and leafy herbs. There is length, freshness, and tannins with the structure to age and evolve for 3 decades. It will need a few years in the cellar, so give it some time to evolve before pulling a cork. The wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Make no mistake, this is the best vintage ever produced of Haut Bages Liberal. Drink from 2027-2055.

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2018
87
Pretty core of red fruits in a forward, easy to like open, accessible style that could be enjoyed for lunch is a simple cafe.

Pretty core of red fruits in a forward, easy to like open, accessible style that could be enjoyed for lunch is a simple cafe.

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2018
93
Rich, lush, creamy, and fresh, the wine offers its multiple layers of red fruit, cedar, flowers, and tobacco easily. Medium/full-bodied, bright, layers of sweet, juicy red berries and currants open the wine on the mid-palate and in the finish. There is a brightness to the fruit in the mouth, chewy tannins, and a crispness to the red berries that carries through from start to finish. Drink from 2027-2050.

Rich, lush, creamy, and fresh, the wine offers its multiple layers of red fruit, cedar, flowers, and tobacco easily. Medium/full-bodied, bright, layers of sweet, juicy red berries and currants open the wine on the mid-palate and in the finish. There is a brightness to the fruit in the mouth, chewy tannins, and a crispness to the red berries that carries through from start to finish. Drink from 2027-2050.

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Medium/full-bodied, bright, lifted layers of sweet, juicy red currants pop up on the nose along with tobacco, cedar, cigar box and a light hint of oak. There is a brightness to the fruit in the mouth, chewy tannins and a crispness to the red berries that carries through from start to finish.

Medium/full-bodied, bright, lifted layers of sweet, juicy red currants pop up on the nose along with tobacco, cedar, cigar box and a light hint of oak. There is a brightness to the fruit in the mouth, chewy tannins and a crispness to the red berries that carries through from start to finish.

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2017
89
Medium-bodied, forward, crisp, bright and fresh, with an herbal, peppery, cedary edge to its red fruits, give this some time in the cellar to develop.

Medium-bodied, forward, crisp, bright and fresh, with an herbal, peppery, cedary edge to its red fruits, give this some time in the cellar to develop.

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2016
94
This has really picked up steam over the past few years. Now, you find a classic Pauillac, medium-bodied, fresh, crisp, and floral, with hints of tobacco, cherries, currants, and spice. The palate is loaded with sweet, red currants, spice, herbs and cassis. Drink 2024-2045.

This has really picked up steam over the past few years. Now, you find a classic Pauillac, medium-bodied, fresh, crisp, and floral, with hints of tobacco, cherries, currants, and spice. The palate is loaded with sweet, red currants, spice, herbs and cassis. Drink 2024-2045.

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Lead pencil, cigar box, cedar and cassis give this a correct Pauillac profile. Medium bodied with polish to the tannins and round fruits in the finish, I really like the wine this year. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

Lead pencil, cigar box, cedar and cassis give this a correct Pauillac profile. Medium bodied with polish to the tannins and round fruits in the finish, I really like the wine this year. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

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2015
87
Medium/full-bodied with a crisp, overly bright, red berry character, the wine mixes, cranberry and cassis, with leaf, olive, herbs, earth and tobacco. This is on the crisp and crunchy side of the red fruit range.

Medium/full-bodied with a crisp, overly bright, red berry character, the wine mixes, cranberry and cassis, with leaf, olive, herbs, earth and tobacco. This is on the crisp and crunchy side of the red fruit range.

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- Medium/full-bodied with a crunchy, red berry, earth and tobacco profile, this wine will be appreciated by fans of a more classic Pauillac production. 88 - 90 Pts

- Medium/full-bodied with a crunchy, red berry, earth and tobacco profile, this wine will be appreciated by fans of a more classic Pauillac production. 88 - 90 Pts

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2014
90
Bright, fresh, classically styled Pauillac, with a crisp, blackberry, dark red fruit character, with ample tobacco and cedar scents. Medium bodied, and slightly dusty in the red berry finish.

Bright, fresh, classically styled Pauillac, with a crisp, blackberry, dark red fruit character, with ample tobacco and cedar scents. Medium bodied, and slightly dusty in the red berry finish.

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Licorice, black cherry, spice and oak, this wine is tannic, yet refined with a bright, piquant cassis finish. 88-90

Licorice, black cherry, spice and oak, this wine is tannic, yet refined with a bright, piquant cassis finish. 88-90

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2013
84
With a dusty, leafy nose, the wine is lean, herbal and focused on cranberry and cassis. 83-85 Pts

With a dusty, leafy nose, the wine is lean, herbal and focused on cranberry and cassis. 83-85 Pts

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2012
86
From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the medium bodied, red fruit dominated wine ends with a crisp, bright, dusty finish.

From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the medium bodied, red fruit dominated wine ends with a crisp, bright, dusty finish.

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2011
88
Earth, cedar, black pepper and cassis, the wine is medium bodied, ending with bright kirsch flavors. 88- 90 Pts

Earth, cedar, black pepper and cassis, the wine is medium bodied, ending with bright kirsch flavors. 88- 90 Pts

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2010
91
Value and classified growths do not always go together, but they are paired in this wine. With ample cassis, blackberry, earth and hints of tobacco, the wine has some depth, body, freshness and fine tannins. From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, give it a few hours of air, or 5-7 years before it opens and starts to show.

Value and classified growths do not always go together, but they are paired in this wine. With ample cassis, blackberry, earth and hints of tobacco, the wine has some depth, body, freshness and fine tannins. From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, give it a few hours of air, or 5-7 years before it opens and starts to show.

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2009
90
From a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, notes of tobacco, cassis, earth and leafy scents emerge. Medium bodied, with a hint of old school rusticity in the mid palate, the wine ends with a cassis filled finish.

From a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, notes of tobacco, cassis, earth and leafy scents emerge. Medium bodied, with a hint of old school rusticity in the mid palate, the wine ends with a cassis filled finish.

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2008
87
Light, bright and tight, the fruit is crisp, crunchy and on the way to acidic. With a strong lean to the sharp, red berry, cranberry side, I liked the nose better with its cedar and tobacco edge. Time in the cellar will help, but don't expect miracles. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

Light, bright and tight, the fruit is crisp, crunchy and on the way to acidic. With a strong lean to the sharp, red berry, cranberry side, I liked the nose better with its cedar and tobacco edge. Time in the cellar will help, but don't expect miracles. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

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2007
83
Light, bright, crisp red berries, cedar, peppery herbs and tobacco leaf notes with a crunchy, tart, cranberry and strawberry finish. Drink up as there is not much there.

Light, bright, crisp red berries, cedar, peppery herbs and tobacco leaf notes with a crunchy, tart, cranberry and strawberry finish. Drink up as there is not much there.

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2006
89
Value priced Pauillac that is developing nicely. The nose, with its cigar box, earth, tobacco, herb and cassis profile is a charmer. Medium bodied, firm, fresh and already starting to be fun to drink, give this another 4-6 years and it should be even better.

Value priced Pauillac that is developing nicely. The nose, with its cigar box, earth, tobacco, herb and cassis profile is a charmer. Medium bodied, firm, fresh and already starting to be fun to drink, give this another 4-6 years and it should be even better.

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Medium bodied, tannic, slightly firm, but starting to open, it's not hard to find the cassis, earth and tobacco nose. There is a dusty quality to the texture in the herb, earth and black cherry finish.

Medium bodied, tannic, slightly firm, but starting to open, it's not hard to find the cassis, earth and tobacco nose. There is a dusty quality to the texture in the herb, earth and black cherry finish.

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2005
90
The nose pops with cassis, tobacco and cedar chest notes. With an hour of air, the tannins soften and the cassis and leafy, green olive laden finish comes though nicely. The wine is correct, but finishes short. This classically, firm styled wine is still quite young and should be better with another 5 years in the bottle.

The nose pops with cassis, tobacco and cedar chest notes. With an hour of air, the tannins soften and the cassis and leafy, green olive laden finish comes though nicely. The wine is correct, but finishes short. This classically, firm styled wine is still quite young and should be better with another 5 years in the bottle.

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Bright cassis, cedar wood, tobacco and cranberry opens to a medium/full bodied tannic wine that is bordering on the lean side. The tannins were harder than I last recalled. This is not fun to drink at the moment. It might improve with another 5-10 more years of bottle age.

Bright cassis, cedar wood, tobacco and cranberry opens to a medium/full bodied tannic wine that is bordering on the lean side. The tannins were harder than I last recalled. This is not fun to drink at the moment. It might improve with another 5-10 more years of bottle age.

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Cedar, spice, cassis, licorice. black raspberry and tobacco aromas open the wine. With a medium/full body, this correctly made Pauillac needs another year or two to come around.

Cedar, spice, cassis, licorice. black raspberry and tobacco aromas open the wine. With a medium/full body, this correctly made Pauillac needs another year or two to come around.

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2004
90
Quite a surprise. This well-priced charmer serves up ripe cassis and black cherries with a medium bodied, refined, elegant, Pauillac character.

Quite a surprise. This well-priced charmer serves up ripe cassis and black cherries with a medium bodied, refined, elegant, Pauillac character.

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2003
90
Fully developed, medium-bodied, soft, round and loaded with ripe, dark, sweet red fruits, tobacco leaf, ash and cigar box notes. A touch of dryness in the finish accompanies the red fruits, herbs and earth.

Fully developed, medium-bodied, soft, round and loaded with ripe, dark, sweet red fruits, tobacco leaf, ash and cigar box notes. A touch of dryness in the finish accompanies the red fruits, herbs and earth.

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2001
89
Fully developed, the wine is medium-bodied, with a bright, crisp, cherry and cranberry character on the nose and palate. This is accompanied by herbs, cedar, leaf and green pepper accents. This old-school classic, stoic Pauillac will probably please some tasters over others.

Fully developed, the wine is medium-bodied, with a bright, crisp, cherry and cranberry character on the nose and palate. This is accompanied by herbs, cedar, leaf and green pepper accents. This old-school classic, stoic Pauillac will probably please some tasters over others.

2,129 Views   Tasted
2000
90
Just starting to drink well, this is a solid example of a classic Left Bank Bordeaux. Here you find crisp, bright, red fruits, some strictness in the tannins and all the cedar, forest leaf, cigar box, peppery herbs and both, sweet with tart, red fruits. This should offer pleasure for another 15-20 years.

Just starting to drink well, this is a solid example of a classic Left Bank Bordeaux. Here you find crisp, bright, red fruits, some strictness in the tannins and all the cedar, forest leaf, cigar box, peppery herbs and both, sweet with tart, red fruits. This should offer pleasure for another 15-20 years.

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1996
90
Perhaps I do not taste enough of this classic Pauillac. I really liked the ripe cassis, smoke, tobacco and ripe black cherry, earthy nose. Rich, round and tasty, this value priced Pauillac wine is showing nicely.

Perhaps I do not taste enough of this classic Pauillac. I really liked the ripe cassis, smoke, tobacco and ripe black cherry, earthy nose. Rich, round and tasty, this value priced Pauillac wine is showing nicely.

6,328 Views   Tasted