Château Haut-Bages Libéral

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0672 ratings
9.0117 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
John Riddick

Perfectly aged, beautiful wine. Sweet, finely grained tannins. Stewed strawberry and blackberry. Hint of cigar box and earth.

Perfectly aged, beautiful wine. Sweet, finely grained tannins. Stewed strawberry and blackberry. Hint of cigar box and earth.

Aug 11th, 2020
Mike R
9.0

Still the same / not great and not bad - missing another gear I been waiting for

Still the same / not great and not bad - missing another gear I been waiting for

Mar 1st, 2020
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2000 / friendly refinement with mocca and autumnleaves in smell, powerful elegance, very nice

Vintage 2000 / friendly refinement with mocca and autumnleaves in smell, powerful elegance, very nice

Feb 4th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

For our wedding reception in Cortona, I packed a magnum of 1986 Haut-Bages Liberal. Since then, we have bought it in all good Bordeaux years and have one on our anniversary. Sadly, I have an 86 somewhere in my EuroCave cabinets. I just couldn’t find it. It has been a challenging afternoon. Next year! A excellent vintage of Haut-Bages Liberal will just have to fill in.

The nose reveals; dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, some dark spices, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals.

Most of the 2000 Left Bank wines typically remain tight as a drum. This is just starting to open up and ascend.

The body is full, ripe, rich, lush and showing the beauty of the vintage. The tannins are rounded but, still show plenty of teeth and meaty, sticky, tarriness. The structure & tension are just starting to relax. The length and balance are really nice and will continue to better with many years in bottle. It’s still a hold for 7–10 years for its full beauty. Dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, strawberries, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, dark spices with palate heat, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, expresso roast, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry, crushed rocks, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, hints of black pepper, old & fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals. The acidity is round and near perfect. The long finish is; ripe, well balanced with fruit and earth with penetrating earth/minerals and persists several minutes.

Happy Anniversary Sofia...would love to do it all over again as we did in 2012.

Photos of; the Piazza of the La Repubblica...the building we were married, us leaving for our reception and one of the better meals of our life, walking through town on the way to our reception and our wedding ceremony.

For our wedding reception in Cortona, I packed a magnum of 1986 Haut-Bages Liberal. Since then, we have bought it in all good Bordeaux years and have one on our anniversary. Sadly, I have an 86 somewhere in my EuroCave cabinets. I just couldn’t find it. It has been a challenging afternoon. Next year! A excellent vintage of Haut-Bages Liberal will just have to fill in.

The nose reveals; dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, some dark spices, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals.

Most of the 2000 Left Bank wines typically remain tight as a drum. This is just starting to open up and ascend.

The body is full, ripe, rich, lush and showing the beauty of the vintage. The tannins are rounded but, still show plenty of teeth and meaty, sticky, tarriness. The structure & tension are just starting to relax. The length and balance are really nice and will continue to better with many years in bottle. It’s still a hold for 7–10 years for its full beauty. Dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, strawberries, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, dark spices with palate heat, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, expresso roast, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry, crushed rocks, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, hints of black pepper, old & fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals. The acidity is round and near perfect. The long finish is; ripe, well balanced with fruit and earth with penetrating earth/minerals and persists several minutes.

Happy Anniversary Sofia...would love to do it all over again as we did in 2012.

Photos of; the Piazza of the La Repubblica...the building we were married, us leaving for our reception and one of the better meals of our life, walking through town on the way to our reception and our wedding ceremony.

Oct 5th, 2019
Robert McCall

Required a decant to blow the funk off the top but opened up real nice to compliment our bolognese tonight.

Required a decant to blow the funk off the top but opened up real nice to compliment our bolognese tonight.

Sep 1st, 2019
Elizabeth

Dusty and old roses on the nose. Quite savory and cherries on the palate. Not very refined, alcohol finishing.

Dusty and old roses on the nose. Quite savory and cherries on the palate. Not very refined, alcohol finishing.

Aug 31st, 2019
"Odedi"

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a complex red Bordeaux from Pauliac.

Great, seductive, earthy nose and palate with black and blue fruits, wood, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 5th growth still needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time, as it is not peaking yet, but already gorgeous.

Needs 4 hours in a decanter to open up properly and show complexity. Tasty, interesting and approachable.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, dried fruits and cheeses.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a complex red Bordeaux from Pauliac.

Great, seductive, earthy nose and palate with black and blue fruits, wood, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 5th growth still needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time, as it is not peaking yet, but already gorgeous.

Needs 4 hours in a decanter to open up properly and show complexity. Tasty, interesting and approachable.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, dried fruits and cheeses.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

Jun 21st, 2019
"Odedi"

A young Cabernet based Bordeaux from Paulliac. Showing black fruits with earth, oak, licorice, vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Dry and fruit forward and very drinkable now, but needs 10 years to mature properly.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy cranberries

Needs 3 hours to open up.

Wine Spectator 90 points.

A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

A young Cabernet based Bordeaux from Paulliac. Showing black fruits with earth, oak, licorice, vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Dry and fruit forward and very drinkable now, but needs 10 years to mature properly.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy cranberries

Needs 3 hours to open up.

Wine Spectator 90 points.

A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

May 2nd, 2019
Dan R
9.1

The window is open here. Dark fruit and earth nose. Mid-weight and fruit forward - plum and cherry, with some dusty earth and mineral underneath. Pleasantly textured and detailed. Nice balance of fruit, savory, tannin and acid. Good stuff.

The window is open here. Dark fruit and earth nose. Mid-weight and fruit forward - plum and cherry, with some dusty earth and mineral underneath. Pleasantly textured and detailed. Nice balance of fruit, savory, tannin and acid. Good stuff.

Mar 30th, 2019
Brian Szluk

Nose: oak and pencil lead.
Taste: lots of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, raisins and prune.

Nose: oak and pencil lead.
Taste: lots of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, raisins and prune.

Feb 23rd, 2018