2010 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac

SKU #1276962 92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A balanced young wine, with smoky, blackberry and chewy aromas and flavors. Full and velvety, with a fresh finish. Inner quote mark (4/2011)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the best efforts from this estate since the 1982, this wine remains fairly priced. It exhibits ripe blue and black fruits, a dense plum/purple color, good acidity buttressing a remarkably rich, fleshy, sumptuous texture, and oodles of smoky black currant and blueberry fruit. Ripe, heady and rich, this wine will probably benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring despite its precociousness and keep for two decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The wine from this château, whose vines touch those of Latour, is solid and dense, with a sense of severity that is often the hallmark of this fifth growth. It is dark and the fruits whisper in the distance. This needs to age for several years. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2010 Château Haut-Bages Libéral is a ripe and powerful example of this consistently fine estate, as the wine weighs in at 13.7 percent alcohol in this vintage. However, the wine shows no signs of overripeness on either the nose or palate, as it delivers a bouquet of cassis, sappy black cherries, cigar smoke, soil, espresso and cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and impressively pure, with a fine core of fruit, moderate tannins, tangy, well-integrated acids and very good length and grip on the nascently complex finish. A fine example. 90+ Inner quote mark (4/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark in profile and rather stolid, with a beam of currant, plum and fig allied to a prominent iron shaft that clamps down on the charcoal-textured finish. Showing rather austerely today, but has the length and cut to develop in the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

K&L Notes

91 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Haut Bages Liberal is a bit subdued to begin, unfurling to offer glimpses at mature stewed plums and warm figs scents with touches of mossy tree bark, unsmoked cigars and truffles. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers lovely freshness and well-managed, approachable tannins, finishing on a mineral note." (05/2020)

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