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(78% CS, 22% M; 25hl/ha; 13.6% ABV; 40% new)
Dense but vivid and bursting with life, even to smell; full, vigorous, finely and firmly tannic; rich, elegant, sapid, vital red-and-black-fruit tasty wine, long and gently mouthcoating Pauillac, with a lovely fruit presence, gently gravelly aromas, a nice sense of matter, and lovely resonance to finish. A quite classy, very complete HBL. The best ever? Except perhaps 2018… says Claire Villars. 2028–40+.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot. Cask sample.
Pure and precise with plenty of energy and drive. Fruit evident on the nose and palate. Sufficient depth on the latter. Firm and minerally behind but the tannins are silky and refined. Pauillac of a caressing nature. This property continues to improve. Should be GV. (JL)
The 2020 Haut-Bages Libéral is a powerhouse in its first impression. Veins of bright mineral notes give the 2020 its textural feel and persistence. Bright red fruit, cedar, dried flowers, mint, spice and sweet tobacco. Time in the glass brings out very pretty floral notes that add finesse and considerable aromatic presence.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
A ton of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, chewy and concentrated, cassis fruit pastilles give a sweet but well textured feel, and a shot of acidity picks everything up on the finish. A yield of 44hl/had. They have limestone and clay soils here, atypical for Pauillac but they help in such a dry summer. Ageing takes place in 40% new oak, 40% one year oak and 20% in amphoras (jarre de limoges + concrete eggs). 3.59pH, because of the limestone.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038