La Fleur de Haut-Bages Liberal 2012
2ND WINE OF CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAGES LIBÉRAL (5th Grand Cru Classé)
The Libéral family founded the estate at the beginning of the 18th century. Generation after generation, they succeeded in forming a vineyard consisting of some of the best soil in Pauillac. Château Haut bages Libéral was included among the fifth growths in the 1855 classification. Since the arrival of the Villars family in 1983, Haut Bages Libéral has gradually recovered its formal glory. Today, the property is run by Claire Villars Lurton who modernised the winemaking facilities and introduced new, environmentally-friendly methods.
Hand picked harvest. Traditional vinification‚ in thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats. Fermentation on skin for 18 to 21 days. 12 month ageing in aok barrels.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Tasting note :
The wine has lovely aromas of red berries. The attack is fresh in the mouth. The taste is long but still a bit austere in its youth as the tannins need time to soften. Nonetheless it is already exhibiting a nice roundness.
Terroir: Clay, Gravel, Limestone
Maturity: up to 10 years
Serving temperature: 17 °C
Matching food :
Red meat‚ fowl‚ cheeses.