Château Haut Bages Libéral 2010

Pauillac, Bordeaux,

Château Haut Bages Libéral 2010

Pauillac, Bordeaux,

£42.50
Information
Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 28% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Claire Villars Lurton Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 103090
Estate Notes

Château Haut Bages Libéral 2010 comes from a great Bordeaux vintage and was purchased in its original wooden case.

While this 29 hectare estate, owned by the Taillan Group, may lack the profile of other Pauillac greats, under the careful guidance of Claire Villars its fifth growth wines are some of the Médoc's most competitively priced: richly-textured and packed with ripe blackcurrant fruit (due to a high Cabernet Sauvignon content).

The Villars family took over Haut-Bages Libéral in the early 1980s and continued to invest heavily (as the Charreules Company had before them) in the vineyards and cellars, revolutionising what was previously an underperforming Bordeaux château.

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).

Reviews

"One of the best efforts from this estate since the 1982, this wine remains fairly priced. It exhibits ripe blue and black fruits, a dense plum/purple color, good acidity buttressing a remarkably rich, fleshy, sumptuous texture, and oodles of smoky black currant and blueberry fruit. Ripe, heady and rich, this wine will probably benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring despite its precociousness and keep for two decades." Robert Parker

"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 growths: I loved its balance, refined texture and sneaky concentration..." Ian D'Agata