2016 Haut Bages Liberal Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 WE 93 DC 92 WA 92 WS 92 JL 91
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, April 2017

Very chewy and long already with ripe tannins and plenty of fruit suggesting tobacco and blackcurrant character. Long finish. From biodynamic grapes.
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

Rich tannins, generous black fruits and an opulent character mark out this wine. Under the same winemaking team as Ferrière and La Gurgue in Margaux, this exceptional wine comes from an estate that is now biodynamic...
DC 92

Decanter, October 2018

What a lovely run of Pauillacs in this vintage; hefty, deep, not subtle at this early stage, with chewy tannins, and long lives ahead. Not charming wines, but powerful. At Haut-Bages Libéral they're undergoing conversion...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

(90 - 92) The 2016 Haut Bages Liberal has a very focused and much more sumptuous bouquet than in previous years, thankfully without dispensing any of its character. It just seems more confident on the nose. The palate is...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2019

This is a sleek, almost brisk-styled Pauillac, with bright iron and chalk notes flanking a core of red currant, cherry and violet flavors. Persistent and defined, just frankly taut in style, so be prepared. Best from 2024...
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2017

Lead pencil, cigar box, cedar and cassis give this a correct Pauillac profile. Medium bodied with polish to the tannins and round fruits in the finish, I really like the wine this year. The wine was produced from a blend...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.