2009 Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, Pauillac (1.5L)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pauillac
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 91-94WS, 92RAS, 92WA, 90-93IWC

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Probably the finest Haut-Bages Liberal since the 1982, this beautifully rich wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of creme de cassis, incense, some background spicy oak and forest floor. Its gorgeous fruit, full-bodied opulence, impressive purity, expansive texture and broad, savory finish make for a terrific wine to drink over the next 25+ years.

92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 199 - Feb 2012)

Currant and mint, with hints of fresh herbs. Lovely complex nose already. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, racy finish. Solid core of beautiful fruit.

91-94 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2010 Web-Only Issue)

Purple ruby. Red cherry, violet, cedar and minerals on the expressive nose. Juicy on entry, then densely packed and vibrant in the middle, with a fine-grained texture to its red fruit and floral flavors. This suave, very persistent wine needs more time in barrel to put on weight and gain in complexity. Its polished but youthfully rigid tannins also call for a few years of cellaring.

90-93 points,&nbsp;Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine&nbsp;Cellar (May 2010)