Château Haut Bages Libéral

The winter was rainy then dry. The conditions were much more favorable from April. Indeed, rising temperatures associated with water availability of the soil, had contributed to the uniformity of the bud break. Flowering was homogeneous and pretty fast.

From the end of June, Summer became very hot. The water deficit and the warm temperatures allowed the skin of the grapes to thicken, to concentrate in tannins and the pips to evolve rapidly. The drought led to a very slow progression of the ripening throughout July. For cons, the heavy rains of August, helped to unblock the situation and then it was very fast and smooth. The berries could grow properly but the yield would remain low due to the drought before the veraison.

It was clear that 2015 would be a great vintage. The special weather conditions were favorable to the concentration and maturation of the tannins. They are very elegant. The quality of the merlot was outstanding and the cabernet sauvignon reached a level of tannin concentration and maturity of the great vintages.

The harvest began on September 17th and ended October 5, 2015.

 

The nose is fresh, crisp and exalted aromas of small black berries. A few notes of spices and tobacco distributed in the bouquet a certain elegance. In the mouth, the attack is full and ample. The wine is precise, with firm tannins and well-proportioned acidity. The style is both gourmet and classic. The finish is long and voluminous.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2015
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans ans
10 000 pieds/ha plants/ha
800 g/pied g/plant
Organic and biodynamic farming
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
65 % cabernet sauvignon, 35 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
7 to 30 years
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Revue du Vin de France
16 / 16,5
James Suckling
92 /93
René Gabriel
17
Decanter
90
Wine spectator
89 / 92
Markus del Monego
91
Wine Enthusiast
91 /93
Terre des Vins
16
Vinum
17
Vinous
91,5

The growing season was early this year. Flowering was fast and the vineyard has benefited from a warm climate from June. The risks of diseases were high; which required a higher control of the vineyard. From late June to September, the weather has been erratic with frequent showers and rather cool temperatures. What slowed down the maturation of the grapes. Indeed, veraison occurred only late August. Only an exceptionally beautiful autumn could save the vintage. And this is what happened ... The region has experienced the longest Indian summer of its history. Until the end of October, the weather was hot and dry. The harvest took place from September 26 to October 16, 2015. The grapes were very sane with a good tannic concentration, flavors and a beautiful balance. This vintage impresses with its fruitiness, balance and tannic finesse.

 

The vintage has personality and relief. The nose is lively and complex. There are aromas of red and black fruits,  white truffles and grilled cocoa. On the palate, the tannins still need time to soften but its freshness, minerality and fruitiness make the vintage very pleasant to drink. As well as its roundness and smoothness.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2014
Claire Villars Lurton
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
650 g/plant
Organic and biodynamics farming
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
71% cabernet sauvignon, 29 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages. La Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral. Le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
7 to 25 years
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Bettane & Desseauve
17
René Gabriel
17
James Suckling
95
Decanter
17
Vinum
17
Neal Martin, the wine advocate
90
Revue du Vin de France
16

The climatic conditions of 2013 were difficult. Heavy rainfall will remain anchored in our memories. However, the months of July and August were particularly beautiful and hot. What saved the vintage. 

This vintage is full of subtleties, wrested from nature by precision and rigor in the work. They are moderately strong but soft and elegant.

The cabernet sauvignon are the backbone of the blend. They were harvested ripe without any vegetal notes.

As for the merlot, they are unfortunately not present after a heavy sagging comparable to the vintage 1984.

 

In mouth, black berries fruits flavors dominate (blackcurrant, blackberries). The attack is frank and clear. The tannins are ripe. The vintage has a light density that makes him to drink earlier than a classic vintage.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2013
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
650 g/plant
Organic and biodynamics farming
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 20 years
Download
James Suckling
90
Jancis Robinson
16,5
René Gabriel
16

In 2012, after an especially difficult Spring and beginning of Summer, the weather conditions were very favorable for the plants from mid-July.Indeed, the Winter was very cold and dry, with an important deficit of rainfall. When the temperatures became warmer at the end of Winter, the budburst began but was long, which resulted in a heterogeneity especially for the merlot. The phenological shift also delayed the flowering, which was very disrupted by rainfall. At the berry set, there was sagging of the merlot and the yields were rather low. Generally, Spring was very wet with a heavy pressure of mildew. Prophylaxis and the balance of the vines played an important role in the control of fungal diseases. The rains stopped in mid-July for more than 2 months, which is extremely rare.

From this date, more favorable temperatures allowed to catch up but the high temperatures of August and especially the lack of water locally slowed the ripening of the young vines that do not have a sufficiently developed root system. Finally, in late September rainfall led to the development of the skin and accelerated the maturation. We started the harvest on October 1st  to end on October 10th, 2012. But we had to hurry to get healthy harvest because the rains came back on October 7th.

The distribution of the harvest on the foot (low yields) and the good condition of the vineyard, combining with a very precise work of sorting, were capital to optimize the quality of the vintage. Quickly, the merlot showed a remarkable flesh that we haven’t tasted for a long time. As the cabernet sauvignon, they did not disappoint us and were faithful to our land of Médoc. They are soft and rich of elegance. We will have powerful wines, tender and digestible. 2012 is a very good vintage and many successes are waiting for us ahead.

 

The nose is complex with notes of cassis, smoky and a hint of cedar. The mouth is also fruity with a slightly spicy touch and show an admirable roundness. An expressive, voluptuous wine with fine, freshness,  and a beautiful aromatic persistence.  This 2012 vintage is a pretty nice classic of Château Haut-Bages Libéral.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2012
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares
Graves garonnaises gunziennes sur substrat argilo-calcaire
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
650 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
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Vinum
17,25
Wine spectator
88/91
Decanter
16,75
Gilbert & Gaillard
91
Gault et Millau
16,5

Winter and Spring were dry. Since the beginning, climatic conditions predicted an early vintage. The water deficit worsened a little more up to July and the high temperatures in June made the vine suffered.  The Merlot sagged after flowering because of these unusual dryness and heat. 2011 experienced unusual weather conditions that ultimately benefited many Cabernet   Sauvignons. The grapes had a very good concentration of phenol compounds and very elegant tannins.

The challenge of this vintage was a very strict sorting of the grapes. However, there is a lower yield due to the weather, and the berries were rather small with a thick skin.

 

On the nose, the wine has nice aromas of black berries, spices and is slightly smoked. The attack offers a beautiful freshness and fruitiness. The wine is juicy with a balance that makes it pleasant. Minerality and tension give it a beautiful elegance and style

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2011
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
650 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
72 % cabernet sauvignon, 28 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
René Gabriel
18
Gault et Millau
16
Vinum
17

Overall, the winter of 2010 was cold and dry, thus causing a late start to the vegetation. A warm spring then led to a fast and uniform bud bursting. The flowering of cabernet sauvignon was also rapid thanks to a perfect weather (hot and dry). However, some rains would cause the sag of the merlot. The berries changed color rapidly but the maturation was slow and steady through the warm days and cool nights. Finally, the grapes were harvested in ideal weather conditions at their optimal maturity. At the approach of the harvest, the level of maturity of the compounds reflected the exceptional weather conditions  of 2010. This vintage rises to the level of the great    vintages of reference (2000, 2005 and 2009). The wines are very colorful, powerful, with an excellent balance of acid / alcohol / tannin. The maturity is exceptional, especially as regards the accumulation of tannins, sugars and aromatic freshness. It is a great year with an excellent aging potential.

 

2010 is a great vintage that is distinguished by its very straight and structured style . It is a harmony between power and finesse, with a tone of classicism and silky tannins

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2010
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Eric Boissenot
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 21 days
72 % cabernet sauvignon, 28 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 40 years
Download
René Gabriel
18
Wine spectator
91/94
James Suckling
92/93
Neal Martin, the wine advocate
90/92
Revue du Vin de France
16/17

The vintage is the earliest of the last 5 years. Rainfall from April to September was lower than previous years, about 45% less compared to 2007. This resulted in a lower yield per vine. September and October had cool nights, which resulted in a steady and rapid maturation of the grapes with optimal health conditions. All the varieties reached a high level of polyphenols and kept a nice   freshness.

The merlot were harvested from September 21st to 29th and the   cabernet sauvignon from September 29th to October 9th of 2009.

 

The 2009 vintage has an intense purple red color. The nose is open with lots of black fruit and also red, but also floral notes. The attack is frank. The palate is powerful and has a good balance between freshness, fat and tannin. The finish is long and voluminous. The wine has character. 2009 was a long aging potential and is a great vintage.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2009
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Eric BOISSENOT
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
1200 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral, Le Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 40 years
Download
Wine spectator
91/94
René Gabriel
19
Neal Martin, the wine advocate
90/92
Bettane & Desseauve
16,5
Revue du Vin de France
16,5 / 17,5
Robert Parker
92
Jacques Dupont
17
Jancis Robinson
16
Weinwisser
19
Gilbert & Gaillard
96
James Suckling
94
Decanter
17

2008 is the seventh consecutive year with a dry winter. That caused an early stop of the growth and a lengthening of the ripening phase.

The freezing temperatures of early April brought frosts and caused a late budbursting. The rains of early June thwarted the flowering and those of mid-August had finally depressed the winemakers.

All these weather events predicted a vintage with a low yield, but we will remember this vintage as a late year. A late season with warm days and cool nights would save the vintage. Indeed, these conditions encouraged a slow and steady ripening of the grapes. They could then be harvested at their optimum maturity with an excellent concentration of tannins.

The merlot were harvested from September 30th to October 6th and the cabernet sauvignon from October 7th to 16th of 2008.

 

The 2008 vintage is characterized by its red and black berries aromas but also minerality and cedar. The nose and the mouth show some freshness. A nive balance with fine tannins. Slightly  peppery and hint of clove .

The tannins are wrapped and elegant. The wine has a remarkable freshness.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2008
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Eric BOISSENOT
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
900 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
68 % cabernet sauvignon, 32 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
Jancis Robinson
17
Decanter
16,5
Wine spectator
89
René Gabriel
16
Vinum
16,5
Gault et Millau
16,5

The Winter was mild and dry, suggesting an early vintage. April had unusual warm temperatures, reaching unprecedented ones since 60 years.

2007 let expect a great potential and maturity. But some rains in late May, disrupted the flowering of the merlot and caused a low yield in this variety. There were little  sunshine periods in Summer but fortunately September and October were  exceptionally hot and dry. What brought back the optimism in the winery.

The health status of the grapes was excellent, which helped the merlot to reach a perfect maturity. As for the cabernet sauvignon, they also took full advantage of this wonderful late season. The grapes were then picked up very ripe with fine tannins and a good concentration of sugar.

The cabernet sauvignon were harvested late and which allowed them to enjoy the mild weather of the late autumn.

 

The 2007 vintage has given elegant wines with cabernet sauvignon of high quality. 

The wine shows some red and black berries fruits.  A nice structure and freshness. The tannins are getting mellow.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2007
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
65 % cabernet sauvignon, 35 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
René Gabriel
17
Decanter
16,5
Jancis Robinson
15,5
Gault et Millau
16,5

2006 showed higher temperatures than normal and they were similar to those of 2005. There were also a water deficit and a low pressure of fungal diseases. A dry and hot Spring allowed to catch up the slight delay of the budbursting. The flowering was homogeneous at the end of May. Veraison was early because of the high temperatures in Summer. And a dry weather after this short period of rain encouraged the synthesis of sugars and phenolic compounds.

The merlot were harvested from September 14th to 21st. They were round and fruity. As for the cabernet sauvignon which were harvested from September 25th to October 6th, they were rich in tannins and reached a good maturity.

 

The vintage 2006 has a good structure due to the high quality of the cabernet sauvignon.  The vintage is similar to the 2004 by the classicism of its balance.

Today the nose is very aromatic, fruity and spicy. On the palate,  the wine is full and the tannins are still present.

Today, the nose is rich and spicy. The mouth is full but the tannins are still firm and will time to get supple.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2006
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

18 to 24 days
75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
Jancis Robinson
17
Wine spectator
92/94
René Gabriel
17
Vinum
16,5
Decanter
17
Gilbert & Gaillard
91

The winter was cold and dry what did not encouraged the development of diseases. In contrast, the lack of rainfall foreshadowed a water deficit in Summer.

Budbursting and flowering were quick and homogeneous. The Summer was particularly hot and it rained two times less than normal. The growth was steady and early in a very healthy vineyard.

These excellent ripening conditions fostered a high concentration of sugar and phenolic compounds. Despite an early water deficit, the vine was able to extract from the soil of deep gravels the water for its growth.

 

The color is very dark. The nose expresses delicate     aromas of red and black berries with mineral and minted hints. On the palate, the wine is powerful, structured and elegant ; with some freshness. The final is long and pure and reveals vintage with a nice balance.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2005
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
30 ans
10000 plants/ha
1000 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

18 to 24 days
71 % cabernet sauvignon, 29 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 40 years
Download
Wine spectator
93
Decanter
17
René Gabriel
18
Vinum
16,5
Bettane & Desseauve
16
Jancis Robinson
16
Wine Enthusiast
93

 Winter and Spring were dry. Rainfall was below the average of the last 30 years. The low level of groundwater caused a drought, but without any water stress of the plants. The great weather of June encouraged the flowering of the merlot and cabernet sauvignon. They both gave a good yield.

The ripening was homogeneous and steady thanks to the alternation of cold nights and sunny days from late August to September. The grapes were harvested at a perfect maturity. This vintage has all the hallmarks of a classic vintage.

 

The color is dark and intense. The wine is between two periods of its life ; it still has some fruit aromas but now the complexity begins to reveal. The nose offers aromas of red and black fruits with cherry and black berries but also so white truffle and spices.  The palate is powerful, with a good structure and volume. A nice balance and some  elegance. The tannins are getting supple.

 

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2004
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
1000 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

18 to 24 days
70 % cabernet sauvignon, 30 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
Robert Parker
90
Decanter
16,9
Jancis Robinson
17 +
Vinum
16,5
Wine Enthusiast
90
Gault et Millau
16

"Never seen" are the words to define the conditions of the vintage 2003. Sunshine hours and temperatures exceeded all records. Despite these extreme conditions, the grapes were harvested at optimal conditions thanks to a good control of the vineyard in term of health status and maturity.

The earliness was exceptional  and the harvest took place almost three weeks earlier than previous years for the merlot. In the meantime, the cabernet sauvignon slowly ripened and were harvested in several times until late September. In this way, they could reach their optimal phenolic maturity.

 

The nose is  open with elegance and complexity. Some hint of white truffle and black sherry and blackberries.  The palate is balanced with a nice freshness. The tannins are mellow.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2003
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
80 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
600 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

75 % cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
18 to 24 days
Download
Wine spectator
89/91
Jancis Robinson
17,5
Jacques Dupont
16,5
James Suckling
94
Decanter
16

The weather of this vintage was very chaotic, with alternating periods of good and nice conditions, which would have some effects on the growth of the vine .

Winter was cold and the temperatures were high in Spring and Summer. On the other hand, the water deficit was important. In June, the bad weather during the flowering led to the  sag and millerandage of the merlot. Fortunately, from the end of Summer, the weather changed for drier conditions with hot and sunny days. The beginning of the harvest was threatened by violent storms, which forced the quick collection of the merlots. The end of the harvest were better and the cabernet sauvignon were then able to be picked up at their optimal maturity.

This vintage shows a great elegance and a beautiful structure given by the cabernet sauvignon.

 

The wine has a fine and elegant aromatic profile. It blends  subtle hints of cocoa beans, black fruit and a floral touch. Nice aftertaste. The tannins are still present, but the wine has a beautiful structure both pure and right.

The nose is very fine with a flavor profile of great elegance. It blends hints of cocoa beans to floral and fruity notes.

Even if it is still closed today, the wine has a beautiful structure and a long finish.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2002
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Stefano Ruini
Michel COUASNON
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
80 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

18 to 24 days
80 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
Wine spectator
91
Revue du Vin de France
16
Decanter
15,5
Jancis Robinson
16
René Gabriel
17
Vinum
16,5

In 2001, the vagaries of the weather would have some consequences on the vineyard. It rained a lot during the Wintery and in September, we had some sudden drop to temperatures. The consequences were a high concentration of acidity and sugar with a record level of alcohol. The cabernet sauvignon had a big potential despite a low extractability. The weather forecasts were not very enthusiastic three days prior the      presumed date of the harvest but finally they took place under a sunny weather. The merlots were very aromatic with a high concentration of alcohol. As for the cabernet sauvignon, the concentration in tannins was exceptionnal. The level of malic acid was high despite a very good     maturation. The wines from the press were of high quality which had not been the case for many years.

 

The vintage has a very good maturity and tannic structure. The wine is round with mellow tannins.

A great classic of Bordeaux.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2001
Claire Villars Lurton
Stefano Ruini
Michel Couasnon
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
80 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

23 to 30 days
68 % cabernet sauvignon, 32 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 30 years
Download
Revue du Vin de France
16
Wine spectator
91
Jancis Robinson
15,5
Vinum
17
Decanter
17

2000 vintage will remain in the memories as a long-lasting harvest periode with very healthy grapes and an unrivaled concentration of phenolic compounds.

The important rains of Spring allowed to secure the water reserves of the soil. The heat of Summer slowed down the vegetation and eased the accumulation of sugars and phenolic compounds. In final the high concentration of sugar, of phenolic compounds and extractibility would characterized the harvest of 2000. It took place under good weather conditions and when each plot reached its optimal maturity.

2000 is a success with a very dense color and both tannic and full mouth.

It is perfectly balanced without excessive harshness and with a very nice fruity freshness. The vintage is one of the great vintages of the late twentieth century.

 

 The wine is shiny and clear. The nose is complex with notes of leather, tobacco, pepper and a hint of licorice. On the palate, the tannins begin to soften and are very      elegant. Lingering aroma in the mouth and roundness. The wine has a large volume with power and finesse.

 

<div>Château Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2000
Claire Villars Lurton
Stefano Ruini
Michel Couasnon
30 hectares
Deep gravels from the Quaternary on limestone-clay substrate
80 % cabernet sauvignon, 20 % merlot
35 ans
10000 plants/ha
800 g/plant
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Hand picking

Traditional in stainless and concrete vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots

18 to 26 days
65 % cabernet sauvignon, 35 % merlot
In oak barrels during 16 months. 40% of new oak
La Chapelle de Bages, la Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral
5 to 40 years
Download
René Gabriel
18
Wine spectator
92
Jancis Robinson
16
Robert Parker
90
Wine Enthusiast
90
Revue du Vin de France
16
Vinum
16,5
Bettane & Desseauve
15,5

Press

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The Pauillac de Haut-Bages Libéral / The Chapelle de Bages / The Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral

The winter was very rainy to mid-March and then it became dry. The conditions were much more favorable from April. From the end of June, Summer became very hot and almost scorching because there was no rain during the entire month of July. The water deficit and the warm temperatures allowed the skin of the grapes to thicken, to concentrate in tannins and the pips to evolve rapidly. The drought led to a very slow progression of the ripening throughout July. For cons, the heavy rains of August helped to unblock the situation and then it wa very fast and smooth.

The berries could grow properly but the yield would remain low due to the drought before the veraison.

We then had the certainty that 2015 would be a great vintage. The sp of theecial weather conditions were favorable to the concentartion and the maturation of the tannins. They are very elegant. The quality of the merlot was outstanding and the cabernet sauvignon reached a level of tannin concentration and ptemmaturity of the great vintages. The harvest began on September 17th and ended October 5th, 2015

The nose is very expressive and clear with aromas of red fruits and tobacco. On the palate, the fruit is juicy and the tannins are round. A few notes of minerality and a clean style.

A balance and a straight structure that make it a very pleasant wine to drink.

Pauillac
Claire Villars Lurton
Eric Boissenot
Guntz gravels on clay and limestone
15 years
In conversion to organic and biodynamic farming
Hand picking
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats
80% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot
12 months in oak barrels
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The growing season was early this year. Flowering was fast and the vineyard has benefited from a warm climate from June. The risk of diseases was high; which required a higher monitoring of the vineyard. From late June to September, the weather has been erratic with frequent showers and rather cool temperatures. What made the maturation longer. Only an exceptionally beautiful autumn could save the vintage. And this is what happened ... The region has experienced an Indian summer the longest in its history. Until the end of October, hot and dry days followed. The harvest took place from September 26th to October 16th, 2014.

The grapes were sane with a good concentration of tannins, flavors and a beautiful balance. This vintage impresses us with its juicy fruit, its balance and tannic finesse.

 

The vintage gave very pleasant wine to drink with a juicy fruit and freshness. The nose is red berries fruits and mineral.

The tannins are wrapped and revealing a fruity finish. The tannins are already mellow.  Lots of elegance and a real pleasure.

 

Pauillac
Claire Villars Lurton
Eric Boissenot
Guntz gravels on clay and limestone
15 years
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Hand picking
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
12 months in oak barrels
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The climatic conditions of 2013 were difficult. Heavy rainfall will remain anchored in our memories.

However, the months of July and August were particularly beautiful and hot. What saved the vintage.

This vintage is full of subtleties, wrested from nature by precision and rigor in the work. They are moderately strong but soft and elegant.

The cabernet sauvignon are the backbone of the blend. They were harvested ripe without any vegetal notes.

As for the merlot, they are unfortunately not present after a heavy sagging comparable to the vintage 1984.

 

On the nose, the wine reveals some aromas of black and red fruits. Some hints of cedar and licorice.

The attack is frank and fresh. The structure is soft and delicate.

The wine is ready to drink and has a soft character, it is fruity and easy.

 

Pauillac
Claire Villars Lurton
Eric Boissenot
Guntz gravels on clay and limestone
15 years
Biodynamic farming
Hand picking
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
12 months in oak barrels
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The beginning of 2012 was particularly difficult in terms of weather conditions with a very dry and cold winter. The spring had been very wet with a strong mildew pressure. Prophylaxis and balance vines played an important role in the control of fungal diseases. Conditions became favorable from mid-July for more than 2 months, which is extremely rare.

 From that date, warmer temperatures allowed the backlog. Although the heat of August and the lack of water locally slowed the ripening of the young vines. Finally, the rainfalls at the end of September favored the evolution of the skin and accelerated the maturation.

 The dispatching of the bunches on the vine (low yields) and the good condition of the vineyard, added to a very specific job of sorting, were capital this year to optimize the quality of the vintage.

The 2012 vintage is powerful, tender and digestible.

 

On the nose, the wine has aromas of ripe black fruits especially of blackcurrant. Some hints of cedar, licorice and smoked aromas.

On the palate, we appreciate its roundness, the fleshy and round tannins. It is a balanced, fruity and easy wine.

 

Pauillac
Claire Villars Lurton
Eric Boissenot
Guntz gravels on clay and limestone
15 years
Biodynamic farming
Hand picking
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel and concrete vats
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
12 months in oak barrels
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Le Pauillac de Haut Bages Liberal La Chapelle de Haut Bages Liberal La Fleur de Haut Bages Liberal

Le Haut Médoc de Haut Bages Libéral

The winter was rainy and then dry. From April, the weather was more favorable. And coupled with the availability of water in the soil, the bud bursting was steady. The flowering took place in the first half of June and was homogeneous and quick.

From the end of June, summer became extremely hot. Those conditions of water deficit and hot temperatures allowed the skin of the grapes to thicken, to concentrate in tannins and the seeds to evolve rapidly. The drought caused a very slow progression of the veraison throughout July. On the other hand, the abundant rains of August unblocked the situation.

All thoses good conditions were favorable to the concentration and rippening of tannins. They were very elegant. The quality of the merlot was exceptional and the cabernets sauvignon reached a level of concentration in tannins and a level of rippening of the great vintages.

The nose offers expressions of ripe black fruits; as well as a slightly acidic freshness. On the palate, the attack is frank and subtle. The structure is supple with rather present tannins. The wine is ample and offers a nice volume in the finish.

The vintage is balance with a good tannic frame, all in delicacy ; which makes it already pleasant to drink.

 

<div>Le Haut Médoc de Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2015
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
9 hectares
Clay and limestone
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
20 ans
6 500 plants/ha
800 g/plant
In conversion to organic and biodynamic farming
Mechanical harvest with integrated sorting sytem and sorting table
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel vats
18 to 24 days
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
12 months in oak barrels
1 to 7 years
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 The growing season was early this year. Flowering was fast and the vineyard has benefited from a warm climate from June. The risk of diseases was high; which required a higher monitoring of the vineyard. From late June to September, the weather has been erratic with frequent showers and rather cool temperatures. What made the maturation longer. Only an exceptionally beautiful autumn could save the vintage. And this is what happened ... The region has experienced an Indian summer the longest in its history. Until the end of October, hot and dry days followed. The harvest took place from September 26th to October 16th, 2014.

The grapes were sane with a good concentration of tannins, flavors and a beautiful balance. This vintage impresses us with its juicy fruit, its balance and tannic finesse.

 

 

 The vintage gave very pleasant wine to drink with a juicy fruit and freshness. The nose is red berries fruits and mineral.

 The tannins are wrapped and revealing a fruity finish. The tannins are already mellow.  Lots of elegance and a real pleasure.

 

<div>Le Haut Médoc de Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2014
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
9 hectares hectares
Clay and limestone
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
20 ans ans
6 500 pieds/ha plants/ha
800 g/pied g/plant
In conversion to organic and biodynamic farming
Mechanical harvest with integrated sorting sytem and sorting table
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel vats
18 to 24 days
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
12 months in oak barrels
1 to 7 years
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The climatic conditions of 2013 were difficult. Heavy rainfall will remain anchored in our memories. However, the months of July and August were particularly beautiful and hot. What saved the vintage.
This vintage is full of subtleties, wrested from nature by precision and rigor in the work. They are moderately strong but soft and elegant.
The cabernet sauvignon are the backbone of the blend. They were harvested ripe without any vegetal notes.
As for the merlot, they are unfortunately not present after a heavy sagging comparable to the vintage 1984.

 Fresh and fruity nose with a hint of cedar wood.  The attack is frank and fresh. The structure is smooth and delicate.

The wine is ready and has a very easy and fruity style.

 

<div>Le Haut Médoc de Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2013
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
9 hectares hectares
Clay and limestone
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
20 ans ans
6 500 pieds/ha plants/ha
600 g/pied g/plant
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Mechanical harvest with integrated sorting sytem and sorting table
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel vats
18 to 21 days
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
12 months in oak barrels
1 to 6 years
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The beginning of 2012 was particularly difficult in terms of weather conditions with a very dry and cold winter. The spring had been very wet with a strong mildew pressure. Prophylaxis and balance vines played an important role in the control of fungal diseases. Conditions became favorable from mid-July for more than 2 months, which is extremely rare.

From that date, warmer temperatures allowed the backlog. Although the heat of August and the lack of water locally slowed the ripening of the young vines. Finally, the rainfalls at the end of September favored the evolution of the skin and accelerated the maturation.

The dispatching of the bunches on the vine (low yields) and the good condition of the vineyard, added to a very specific job of sorting, were capital this year to optimize the quality of the vintage.

The 2012 vintage is powerful, tender and digestible.

 

 

Nice and fresh nose of red and black fuits. The wine is tender, round and very pleasant to drink. The balance is reached and offers a clean finish full of fruits. The riped tannins make the wine very smooth.

 

<div>Le Haut Médoc de Haut Bages Libéral</div> - 2012
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
9 hectares hectares
Clay and limestone
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
20 ans ans
6 500 pieds/ha plants/ha
800 g/pied g/plant
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Mechanical harvest with integrated sorting sytem and sorting table
Traditional. In thermo-regulated stainless steel vats
18 to 24 days
60 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot
12 months in oak barrels
1 to 7 years
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Le Rosé de Vertheuil

After a complicated beginning of the year, with a very humid and mild winter ; the warm weather conditions during summer and the fresh late season allowed the fruits to grow and to reach an optimal maturity. The vintage made a balance wine, rich in flavours and color.

The harvest of the property began on September 27th and ended on October 19th of 2016.

The nose is very elegant. The very nice bouquet made of flowers and fresh fruits. There are notes of rose, red currant and pepper.

On the palate, the wine is round and full. The freshness is well integrated and makes the wine very pleasant to drink. The finish is soft and long.

The Rosé will pair  marvelously  with  white meat, delicatessen and salads. You can also enjoy it for the aperitif.

 

<div>Le Rosé de Vertheuil</div> - 2016
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Thomas Bontemps
Eric Boissenot
0,5 hectares
Clay-limestone
100 % merlot
35 ans ans
6500 à 10 000 plants/ha
1 kg g/plant
In conversion to organic and biodynamics
Hand picking
Pressing, racking and fermentation in stainless steel vats
100 % merlot
1 year
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