La Fleur de Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac 2016

Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux, Pauillac
Grape Variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Ratings: 94- 95 James Suckling | 91-94 Wine Spectator | 93 Wine Enthusiast | 90 – 92 Robert Parker Points

Color: Dark red
Nose: Notes of rose petals, lavender and sweet red cherry
Palate: Medium-bodied with precise and exquisite finesse. Long on the palate with ripe tannins and generous notes of black fruits and figs

About the Winery:
Château Haut-Bages-Libéral is one of the least known Pauillac estates but produces exemplary clarets at extremely competitive prices. Since 1983 it has been owned by the Taillan Group who also own Chasse-Spleen and Cos d`Estournel. It was run during the 80s and early 90s by Bernadette Villars and, since her death, has been run by her daughter, Claire.

The 29-hectare property is superbly sited in the south of the Pauillac appellation between Château Latour and the 2 Pichons. The vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 17%, Petit Verdot 3%) lie on deep gravel beds over limestone. The wines are matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 16-18 months. Since Claire Villars has been at the helm, the wines have become deeper in colour and more concentrated, with notable depth of fruit. It is classified as a 5ème Cru Classé.