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Liber Pater

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2018 Liber Pater  (Graves) 94

The first thing you notice is the distinctive floral character, before you move to the smoke, herb and wet forest aromatics. Medium bodied, fresh, elegant, long and refined, the cocoa dusted, dried red pit fruit character is truly a unique expression of Bordeaux and the vineyard. The wine was produced from a unique blending of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 11% Castet, 2% Tarnay Coulant and 2% Saint Macaire. The blend represents what you could have found in Bordeaux at the time of the 1855 Classification. The wine is made from some of the lowest yields in Bordeaux at 15 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The wine is not aged in barrel. 100% of the wine is aged in clay amphora for about 30 months before bottling. The purpose for not using oak is to allow for a pure expression of the soil, according to the owner, Loic Pasquet. All of this makes for a truly unique wine tasting experience. The only issue is finding a bottle, as perhaps as little as 1,000 bottles are produced this year. 93-95 Pts

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2016 Liber Pater  (Graves) 94

Deep ruby in color, flowers, smoke, earth, tobacco, espresso and ripe, dark plum scents find you easily. Elegant, fresh and less dense than previous vintages, but in exchange, the wine has more lift and finesse that really shows a fine, Graves character. Ripe, fruits, refined, sandy tannins and a long, fresh, plummy finish. This should age quite well. The wine was produced from a unique blending of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Tarnay Coulant and .5% Castet. The Tarnay Coulant and Castet were used in pre phylloxera Bordeaux. Due to these non AOC allowed grape varietals, the wine will be sold as a Vin de France. The wine is made from the lowest yields in all of Bordeaux at 10 hectoliters per hectare. Aged on its lees in 100% new, French, oak barrels for between 28 to 30 months before bottling, the extended aging time is due to the fact the grapes all come from 100% ungrafted vines, meaning that in theory, this is about as close as you are going to get to wines produced in the 19th century, albeit with a lot more selection, and probably more new oak barrels, which have a longer aging time. Because of severe frost damage, only Liber Pater was produced this year, they did not make any white wine, Denarius of Clos de Landrias.

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2015 Liber Pater Blanc  (Graves) 94

Fresh squeezed yellow and orange citrus fruits with overtones of honey suckle. Rich, lush and concentrated, the wine is the product of ripe fruits with freshness. This is one of the few dry white Bordeaux wines made from 100% Semillon.

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Using 100% Semillon, this wine opens with fresh lemon peel, honeysuckle, orange and vanilla notes. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and loaded with minerality along with sweet, fresh, honeyed, yellow and orange citrus fruits.

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2015 Liber Pater  (Graves) 94

Inky dark in color, this wine is thick, rich, dense and intense. The weight takes up a lot of volume on your palate, though due to its freshness, it is not at all flabby. The finish is packed with lush, dark, chocolate covered blackberries and jam. Produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% assorted rare, grape varieties that were used pre phylloxera, including: Castet, Marselan and Tarney Coulant. Due to these non-Bordeaux varietals, the wine will be sold as a Vin de France. Aged in 100% new, French, oak barrels, this wine was made for the first time with 100% ungrafted vines, meaning that in theory, this is about as close as you are going to get to wines produced in the 19th century, albeit with a lot more selection, new oak and low yields. Still, it's fascinating to consider what is taking place at Liber Pater. 93 - 95 Pts

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2014 Liber Pater  (Graves) 93

This is a big, fat, lusty baroness of a wine, plump and lavish with sweet, dark fruits. The essence of tobacco, anise and chocolate fill your glass. Full bodied and curvy, there is quite a bit of density to the fruit in this vintage. This is one of the most concentrated wines of the vintage. 92-93 Pts

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2013 Liber Pater  (Graves) 0

Liber Pater was not in produced for the second year in a row as the wine was not up the exacting standards of Loic Pasquet.

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2012 Liber Pater  (Graves) 0

The entire Liber Pater harvest was declassified, as the crop was not up to the standards of Loic Pasquet.

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2011 Liber Pater  (Graves) 92

Clearly the most concentrated wine of the vintage, the wine is inky in color. Liber Pater waited until October 10 begin their harvest. In part, that explains the licorice, tobacco, cocoa, and ripe dark fruits. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and leaves with you fresh, black cherries, dark chocolate and cassis in the finish.

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From 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine reached 14.2% alcohol. Deep ruby in color with purple in the rim, the complex perfume is comprised of licorice, mineral, smoke, black raspberry jam and truffle scents. In the mouth, the wine is soft, opulent and round with a fresh, ripe black cherry and espresso finish. The wine has taken on legendary status in some Asian countries selling for well over $1,000 a bottle! 91-94 Pts

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2010 Liber Pater  (Graves) 94

Charcoal, wet earth, forest floor and smoked fruit create the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, fresh, polished and lush, with loads of ripe, dark red berries and tobacco in the finish.

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Smoke, cigar box, earth, burning wood, espresso bean, licorice and dark berry aromas open to silky, plush, sensuous textures. The wine is dense, rich and polished, finishing with fresh, ripe, sweet plums and blackberries.

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Liber Pater – Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, from vines planted on deep gravelly soils, this will be aged in 100% new oak. Deep ruby with purple accents in color, the wine is filled with stone, black and blue fruit, jam, coffee and licorice scents. Fat, lush and richly textured, this opulent, fleshy wine finishes with chocolate covered sweet berries and licorice. Production is limited to 1,500 bottles. 92-95 Pts,

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2010 Liber Pater Blanc  (Graves) 93

From yields of only 5 hectoliters per hectare, (making it a candidate for a wine produced from the lowest yields in all of Bordeaux,) this rich, full bodied, deep, concentrated wine is packed with notes of flowers, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, spice and minerality. Intense and long, this complex, concentrated, rich wine is long, fresh, clean and mouth filling.

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2009 Liber Pater  (Graves) 93

Complex notes of earth, smoke, tobacco, licorice, coffee ban and cigar box, with fresh dark berries, refined, sexy, silky textures and an opulent, rich, concentrated, elegant, sensual, ripe, fruit filled finish are found in this wine.

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2009 Liber Pater Blanc  (Graves) 93

From 100% Semillon produced from incredibly low yields of 6 hectoliters per hectare, this marks the debut vintage of the dry white wine for the new owner, Loic Pasquet. With an evolved color, the wine pops with pineapple, flowers, honeysuckle and spice. On the palate the wine is rich, fleshy and filled with vibrant, slightly honeyed fruits, nuts, and pears. This is an exotic, fleshy, sweet, complex expression of dry, white Bordeaux wine.

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2008 Liber Pater  (Graves) 0

The entire crop was declassified, as the harvest was not up to the standards of Loic Pasquet and Liber Pater.

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2007 Liber Pater  (Graves) 92

Truffle, smoked meat black cherry and burning campfire ember aromatics are the first thing you notice, as your glass fills your nose. Medium/full bodied, with round textures and sweetness, there is freshness and a smoked, cherry note in the finish. Very solid for the vintage.

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Cigar box, earth, truffle, porcini mushroom and blackberry notes lead to an impressive wine for the vintage with black cherries, soft textures, which is marred by a hint of fresh herbs and leaf notes in the plush textured finish.

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Blackberry, tobacco, earth, cocoa and black cherry scents, supple textures, forward style and a plummy, chocoalte covered cherry sensation in the finish are found in this wine.

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