Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Haut-Bages Libéral, PAUILLAC, Grand Cru Classé
$63.25 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
The 2021 Haut-Bages Libéral is one of the best wines I have ever tasted from Claire Lurton. Dense, powerful and explosive, with dazzling intensity Haut-Bages Libéral races across the palate, offering up an enticing mélange of ripe red-fleshed fruit, blood orange, cedar and spice. Bright acids lend vibrancy throughout a Pauillac I won't soon forget tasting. Haut-Bages Libéral is one of my early favorites on the Left Bank in 2021. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare versus the more typical 40 or so, not a bad result at all for the year given the biodynamic farming practices in place. 94-96 Antonio Galloni.
Such aromatic interest on the nose, the aromas really coming from the Cabernets - especially the Franc. A concoction of pot pourri and bright red berry fruit. Elegant and refined on the palate, this is a very pretty Pauillac, still with the superior Cabernet fruit to the fore - black pepper, green pepper, eucalyptus, black chocolate and cedar giving the spice and edges. It's confident and I especially like the bitterness coming through - the stalky wood, bitter chocolate and liquorice, which contrasts the red fruits. Long length and good freshness. 90 Georgina Hindle, Decanter
Containing fully 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Haut-Bages-Libéral offers up aromas of rich berries, plums, loamy soil, licorice and spices. Medium to full-bodied, lively and youthfully primary, with lively acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the finish, I suspect it will flesh out nicely with élevage to number among the sleepers of the vintage. Tasted twice. 91-93 William Kelley.