CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL PAUILLAC FIFTH GROWTH 2016
James Suckling: 95 points Very chewy and long already with ripe tannins and plenty of fruit
suggesting tobacco and blackcurrant character. Long finish. From biodynamic grapes.
Barrel Sample: 94-95 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 95 points Known for making firm wines, this year the estate has produced a
wine that is also packed with juicy black fruits. Structured and full of fruitiness, it has excellent
Barrel Sample: 93–95 Points
Wine Spectator: 94 points Seriously focused, with a bolt of graphite coursing through, while
waves of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit follow along. Offers a long, sleek, mineral-driven
finish. A strong showing.
Barrel Sample: 91-94 Points
The Wine Advocate: 92 points 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 medium-bodied with fine
tannin, pretty blackberry and boysenberry fruit laced with a touch of oyster shell, sashaying
towards a quite elegant finish with admirable depth. You would not describe this as a potentially
exciting Pauillac, but I suspect it will be delicious once in bottle.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points
Decanter: 91 points This wine shows notes of charcoal, cassis and blackcurrant bud. It is more
restrained than some in the appellation, with a well placed structure and a pleasurable future
ahead of it. A Villars-Lurton estate in the process of converting to organic and biodynamic
farming methods. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot aged in 40% new oak.