Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal 

 

2017 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

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Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal

95 Points James Suckling

Tannic and linear with blackberry and currant character. Full body, tight and chewy with a polished texture and excellent length. Shows toned muscles for the vintage. Demeter certified biodynamic.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Solid, with dark plum and currant fruit forming the core, while tobacco and iron accents add bass and cut through the finish. Has the fresh cut of the vintage.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is a solid, foursquare style of wine with some firm tannins that should soften as the fruit develops. There is brightness and plenty of fruit at the core, waiting its turn. Drink from 2024.

2016 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

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Available November 2019

95 Points James Suckling

Very chewy and long already with ripe tannins and plenty of fruit suggesting tobacco and blackcurrant character. Long finish. From biodynamic grapes.

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

Known for making firm wines, this year the estate has produced a wine that is also packed with juicy black fruits. Structured and full of fruitiness, it has excellent long-term potential.

94 Points Wine Spectator

Seriously focused, with a bolt of graphite coursing through, while waves of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit follow along. Offers a long, sleek, mineral-driven finish. A strong showing.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Haut Bages Liberal has a very focused and much more sumptuous bouquet than in previous years, thankfully without dispensing any of its character. It just seems more confident on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pretty blackberry and boysenberry fruit laced with a touch of oyster shell, sashaying towards a quite elegant finish with admirable depth. You would not describe this as a potentially exciting Pauillac, but I suspect it will be delicious once in bottle.

91 Points Decanter

This wine shows notes of charcoal, cassis and blackcurrant bud. It is more restrained than some in the appellation, with a well placed structure and a pleasurable future ahead of it. A Villars-Lurton estate in the process of converting to organic and biodynamic farming methods. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot aged in 40% new oak.

2015 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

94 Points James Suckling

Plenty of spicy, savory oak influence comes to the fore above a vibrant array of cassis, blackberries and plums. The palate has rich and powerful tannins that roll sturdy and long, carrying plenty of deep cherry and plum flavors. Filled out nicely, but still more to come. Try from 2022.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice

This is one of the three biodynamic estates that are owned by Gonzague and Claire Lurton. The wine is generous while also firmly structured in the style of this property. A dense, dry core surrounded by blackberry and black-currant fruit promises great things. It finishes clean, clear and crisp. Drink from 2024.

2014 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

95 Points James Suckling

Aromas of cassis bush and wet earth with oyster shell. Medium to full body, firm and juicy tannins and a delicious finish. A well-rounded wine. Fantastic depth. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try drinking in 2020.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Typical Cabernet fruit flavors and fresh, juicy acidity are the hallmarks of this wine. It is structured, yes, but the fruit is right out front. The finish shows the wood aging, with lingering spice notes. Barrel Sample: 92-94

90 Points Decanter

Fine lifted fragrance of Cabernet with very good clarity and persistence, depth to come. Always shows an attractive liveliness of fruit.

90 Points Wine Spectator

A hint of bay streaks through quickly before the core of red and black currant preserves takes over. Hefty in feel, with extra anise, spice, pepper and singed apple wood notes filling in on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.

2013 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Good full ruby-red. Penetrating aromas of fresh blackcurrant, pomegranate, violet and spices. Very light and lively but with building sweetness and depth to its red and dark berry flavor. Youthfully chewy tannins on the long finish, along with subtle hints of sweet spices and tar. I like this wine’s balance.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is a structured wine, packed with black-currant fruits and fresh acidity. It is already becoming balanced with the finely drawn structure in balance with the perfumed fruits. Drink from 2018. 

90 Points James Suckling

Berry and plum aromas with hints of citrus fruit. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Some cedar and stone undertones. Drink now or hold.

2012 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Concentration is the name of the game with this dark and intense wine. It has power and a structure that is finely tannic and dusty, with bright fruits suspended within. The aftertaste shows fine, bright acidity.

2011 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

A blend of 72 % Cabernet Sauvignon and  28 % Merlot.

93 Points James Suckling

This wine has a true beauty and succulence that impresses, especially for the vintage. It’s full-bodied, with fine tannins and a subtle, fruity finish. It’s clarity and finesse here for 2011.

90 Points Wine Spectator

A very pure rendering, with plum, cassis and bitter cherry fruit wound together, while bright iron, violet and stony notes fill in on the finish. A more elegant, minerally style of Pauillac. Best from 2015 through 2025. 9,166 cases made.

2010 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Reviews

93 Points James Suckling

A balanced young wine, with smoky, blackberry and chewy aromas and flavors. Full and velvety, with a fresh finish.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

The wine from this chateau, whose vines touch those of Latour, is solid and dense, with a sense of severity that is often the hallmark of this fifth growth. It is dark and the fruits whisper in the distance.

90 Points Wine Spectator

Dark in profile and rather stolid, with a beam of currant, plum and fig allied to a prominent iron shaft that clamps down on the charcoal-textured finish. Showing rather austerely today, but has the length and cut to develop in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2025.