2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac (3L)

SKU #1276368 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Very opulent, generous and rich. It shows all the glories of the vintage, with huge but sufficiently restrained fruit, and exuberant tannins.  (6/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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. Best after 2011. (JS)  (3/2008)

90 points 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)  (6/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Effusive aromas of ripe currants, creamy oak, smoke and dark soils make for an impressive beginning here, yet, once on the palate, the wine holds back a bit and falls short of expectations. While it is supple at entry, it runs up against a wall of finishing tannins and its fruit struggles to keep pace. It will benefit from six to ten years of aging, but belief that it will rise to top ranks requires a slight leap of faith.  (3/2008)

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.  (6/2008)

K&L Notes

*+ Perfumy nose and some nice ripe fruit on the palate. Good middle and fine length. Steve says: Fairly rich with a creamy chocolate middle. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) This is one of the most sought-after, value-for-points wines of 2005.

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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.