2006 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
*Top 100 Wines of 2009* Dark ruby purple in color, with aromas of currant and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Tight now, but pretty and balanced.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Haut Bages Liberal has a gentle, but respectable bouquet with better fruit intensity than the 2006 Grand Puy Ducasse. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pleasing weight in the mouth, a keen line of acidity with an attractive, saline finish that begs another sip. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Cool aromas of medicinal cherry and smoke. Concentrated, sweet and firmly built, with good intensity to the flavors of dark berries, chocolate and minerals. Very Pauillac, but at the same time supple for the vintage. Finishes with ripe tannins and good balance and richness. This is less austere than the 2005. (ST)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. 25% less production than 2005. Tasted at the property: black fruit aromas—black raspberry with spices and cinnamon undertones. Lovely wine. Creamy on the palate with fine middle fruit. Long and elegant. Feminine style. Has some big tannins at the end. Tasted at Joanne: good strength. Finish is feminine. Clair Villars's (owner) style. Very nice and fresh. Fine acidity. Could be a “sleeper of the vintage” and close to 2005 quality. Tasted at UGC: lots of chocolate flavors. *1/2 Ralph Sands: "Classic spicy Cabernet, natural feel and extraction, good and fresh smell to finish. Well balanced—great value!" Alex Brisoux: "Spicy black fruit, cassis, cinnamon, clean, integrated feminine tannin, nice fresh wine, very elegant, bit earthy on finish."