Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2012 Pauillac

Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2012 Pauillac | (93-95) POINTS

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Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal was classified as a Fifth Growth in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 (Chateau Haut Bages at the time). The 2012 Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal Pauillac has aromas of ripe black fruits especially black currant with hints of cedar, licorice, and smoke. Round, yet powerful on the palate, it's fleshy, fruity, and balanced, with easy going structure that make it a pleasure to drink now.

Varietal Composition: 80 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 Merlot
Appellation: Pauillac AOC
Aging: 12 months in French oak
Farming Practices: Biodynamic

(93-95) Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Barrel sample. 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." -RV, 4/1/13

90 Points - Wine Advocate
"Proprietor Claire Villers-Lurton administers this Pauillac classified-growth property. The 2012 reveals good, sweet tannin, blackcurrant fruit, a nice, soft underbelly, medium to full body, and outstanding concentration and purity. This property is always somewhat under the radar, but this is a very strong effort and should drink well for up to 20 years." -RP, 4/29/15

89 Points - Wine Spectator
"This has a solid core of plum and blackberry coulis flavors that melds with the roasted alder and tobacco notes. The lively iron edge is well-buried on the finish, showing good flesh from start to end. Best from 2016 through 2022. 10,000 cases made." -JM, 3/31/15

(87-90) Points - Vinous Media
"(70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot; 32 h/h yield): Deep purple. Fresh and jellied blackcurrant and candied violet on the enticing nose. Sweet and suave in the mouth, with rich, creamy blueberry and tobacco flavors that linger nicely at the back. Very successful wine in the context of this vintage." -ID, 5/2013

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