Wine Review: 2004 Château Haut-Bages-Libéral

Château Haut-Bages-Libéral is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Haut-Bages-Libéral is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced at this Château was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

The Bages plateau, named for the family that owned this land in the 16th Century, lies between the towns of Pauillac, to the north, and the famous Château St-Julien-Beychevelle, to the south.

Typical with classified growth properties of the left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates this wine (80%), in addition to Merlot (17%) and some Petit Verdot (3%).

As for the 2004 vintage, its appearance was striking in its violet color. The lovely bouquet suggested very ripe dark fruits in addition to its strong aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon.

On the attack, the wine matched the nose as the penetrating dark ripe fruits, such as plums and berries. On the palate, the wine distinctly evolves to ripe and spicy tannins to close this full-bodied wine. This wine is quite characteristic of Pauillac wine and its full-bodied personality is sure to be remembered. A good effort from Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, particularly at the price level ($30).

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