2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac

SKU #1039690 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Very opulent, generous and rich. It shows all the glories of the vintage, with huge but sufficiently restrained fruit, and exuberant tannins. (RV) Inner quote mark (6/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2005 Haut-Bages Libéral is a very young Pauillac that is just beginning to show the first signals of aromatic opening. Sweet dried cherry, mint, spice, licorice and dried flowers all grace this mid-weight Pauillac. Haut-Bages Libéral is not quite as opulent as most other Pauillacs in 2005, and it could have benefitted from a bit more depth, but it is impeccably done and very rewarding today. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

K&L Notes

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.

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