2006 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac

SKU #1049364 92 points Wine Spectator

 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. Best after 2012. *Top 100 Wines of 2009* (JS)  (3/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Shows very well at this stage. Compact, sleek, singing with health. Dry on the finish but shiny and lively. Good for relatively early drinking. 16/20  (10/2007)

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. Probably not the most glamorous wine of the vintage, but this is a very good effort. Tasted April 2016. (NM)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.