2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
Barrel Sample. Very opulent, generous and rich. It shows all the glories of the vintage, with huge but sufficiently restrained fruit, and exuberant tannins.
Very aromatic, showing blackberry and currant aromas, with some licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a rich, decadent, fruity finish. Caresses the palate. Stylish and opulent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Haut-Bages Libéral offers loads of blackcurrant fruit, licorice, spice and forest floor. It is medium to full-bodied, with supple tannin and an expansive, textured mouthfeel and finish. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
Attractive freshness. Very opulent but a little too green on the finish for perfection. Well made though.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Cool aromas of blueberry, licorice and shoe polish. Sweet and lush, but with very good energy to the rather high-pitched flavors of dark berries, spices and licorice. Dry and classic wine, finishing with substantial, slightly tough tannins that call for patience. (ST)
Perfumey nose and some nice ripe fruit on the palate. Good middle and fine length. Fairly rich with a creamy chocolate middle. This is one of the most sought-after value-for-points wines of 2005. *+ (Barrel Tasting)