The 2016 Haut Bages Liberal is a Bordeaux Blend that exudes elegance and finesse. With its deep, ruby red color, this wine is a true representation of the Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. The nose is filled with enticing aromas of lead pencil, cigar box, cedar, and cassis, creating a classic Pauillac profile.
On the palate, this wine showcases its medium body and polished tannins, offering a smooth and velvety texture. The round fruits in the finish add depth and complexity to the overall experience. The blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot contributes to the wine's balanced structure and harmonious flavors.
Renowned wine critic Jeff Leve awarded this wine with a score of 91, praising its correct Pauillac profile and round fruits in the finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also gave it a score of 92, noting its focused and sumptuous bouquet, fine tannins, and blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 92 as well, describing it as sleek and brisk, with iron and chalk notes complementing the core of red currant, cherry, and violet flavors.
With rich tannins and generous black fruits, this exceptional wine stands out. Produced by the same winemaking team as Ferrière and La Gurgue in Margaux and coming from a biodynamic estate, it truly showcases the expertise and dedication behind its production. Wine Enthusiast awarded it a score of 93, highlighting its opulent character and recommending it for enjoyment starting in 2025. James Suckling praised its chewy tannins, tobacco, and blackcurrant character, awarding it a remarkable score of 95.
Overall, the 2016 Haut Bages Liberal is a wine of exceptional quality and character. With its impressive reviews and the promise of a long and fruitful life ahead, this Bordeaux Blend is a must-have for any wine enthusiast seeking elegance, complexity, and the essence of Pauillac.