Loads of blackcurrant fruit, licorice, spice and forest floor. Full-bodied with supple tannin and an expansive, textured mouthfeel and finish. Opens up beautifully once decanted. Long and intense.
The name Haut-Bages-Libéral is derived from both the estate's location and its historical owner, with Haut-Bages referring to its position at the top of the Bages plateau between Pauillac and Saint-Julien, and Libéral alluding to the founding family who owned the Fifth Growth estate from the 18th Century and nurtured it successfully for generations. This high position within Pauillac is one of the better elevations of deep gravels, with its main vineyard neighbouring Château Latour.
Current owner is Claire Villars Lurton, who has brought the winemaking facilities into the modern era and introduced a more environmentally friendly programme to the vineyards. The vine breakdown is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.