Château Haut-Bages Libéral was founded by the Libéral family in the 18th century. This group of wine brokers sold most of their wines to the Netherlands and Belgium. Over time, the vineyard was planted with vines from the best terroirs in the Pauillac region. As a result, half of the vines in this fifth growth estate are planted adjacent to Château Latour while the other half are located on the plateau of Bages next to Château Pichon Baron, south of Pauillac.
Since the acquisition of the estate by the Merlaut family in 1983, Claire Villars Lurton undertook to reform vineyard operations in 2000, followed by a complete renovation in 2018. Conscious of the estate’s legacy, she naturally chose to produce the wines using sustainable viticultural methods.
The estate, which began growing half of its wines biodynamically in 2008, has now undergone a complete conversion to organic and biodynamic vineyard management.
The 2019 Haut-Bages Libéral is plush and radiant from the very first taste. Inky red fruit, new leather, cedar, mint and sweet pipe tobacco envelop the palate, with suggestions of mocha, licorice and dark red cherry that appear later. Readers will find a bold, sumptuous Pauillac with soft contours, generous fruit and tons of sheer appeal. Yields were a healthy 49 hectoliters per hectare. The 2019 is projected to spend 18 months in a combination of 40% new oak, 40% once-used barrels and 20% amphora. 92-95 Galloni
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
AREA UNDER VINE 28 hectares
TOTAL PRODUCTION 80,000 bottles
SOIL Garonne Günz gravel on a clay-limestone subsoil
GRAPE VARIETIES 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot
AGEING 16 months - New barrels: 45%
SECOND WINE La Chapelle de Haut Bages Libéral