CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAGES LIBERAL 2004
PAUILLAC - GRAND CRU CLASSE
Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 35%.
Dress : The wine is shiny and clear
Tasting notes : The nose is complex with notes of leather, tobacco, pepper and a hint of licorice. On the palate, the tannins begin to soften and are very elegant. Lingering aroma in the mouth and roundness.The wine has a large volume with power and finesse.
History : The Château Haut-Bages Libéral, is a vineyard of 30 ha located in Pauillac, AOC Pauillac, ranked fifth Grand Cru in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855.
The Liberal family, founder of the estate from the beginning of the 18th century, brought together, generation after generation, the best terroirs of Pauillac. This superb vineyard will regain its youth when in 1960, the family Cruse acquires the property. The Cruses will launch a replanting program of the vines. In 1855, the Château Haut-Bages Libéral is classified Fifth Cru. Since the arrival of the Villars family in 1983, this superb vineyard has gradually regained its former glory. Claire Villars Lurton, who nowadays heads Château Haut-Bages Libéral, undertook a complete overhaul of the winery and highlighted the terroir with environmentally-friendly viticulture.
Its vineyard covers 30 hectares, half of which is located around the property and adjoins Château Latour. The other part of the vineyard is on the Bages plateau, south of Pauillac. The plots of the property are located on 2 sets, one composed of deep gravel and the other of clay-limestone and limestone-chalky. This type of soil gives the wine its power and its mineral character. Much of its good deep gravel lands dominate the Gironde estuary. These graves were carried by the river from the Pyrenees to the Quaternary era. It is based on limestone bedrock.
Robert Parker : 90/100 Pts
Wine Spectator : 92/100 Pts