The Libéral family has headed Château Haut-Bages Libéral since the beginning of the 18th century. Over time, these fine connoisseurs have brought together the best terroirs in Pauillac. This Pauillac grand cru has been owned by the Villars family since 1983, who has restored Château Haut-Bages Libéral to its former glory by undertaking a total reworking of their vinification tools and orienting their vineyard management towards sustainable viticulture.
Château Haut-Bages Libéral is a wine made from organic farming and which aims towards biodynamism. The 30 hectares of vines are cultivated on Garonne-Gunzian gravel upon a clay-limestone substratum.
The generally mild winter gave way to cool spring temperatures, which slowed down soil mineralisation. The hot and dry summer helped fight against downy mildew. The difference in temperatures between nights and days developed the berries’ aromatic palette. The harvested grapes reached a perfect level of ripeness.
Manual harvests. Traditional vinification in concrete tanks. Plot-based selection.
16 months of ageing in French oak barrels (40% new barrels).
This great wine from Bordeaux is mature, rich and powerful. Château Haut-Bages Libéral 2019 is to be enjoyed young, but can also reveal its ageing potential.
James Suckling 95-96/100