Château Haut Bages Libéral, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2009

  Château Haut Bages Liberal

Château Haut Bages Libéral, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac

`Currant and mint, with hints of fresh herbs. Lovely complex nose already. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, racy finish. Solid core of beautiful fruit. 91-94/100`. - James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Haut Bages Liberal

The vineyards of this fifth growth property are situated immediately next to those of Château Latour. After a period of under-exploitation, owner and winemaker Claire Villars has worked hard to raise the quality of the wines produced and the fruits of her efforts are visible in that they are gradually regaining the following they enjoyed 100 years ago.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.