The 30 hectares (74 acres) of Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal are divided in two halfs, with one half directly neighboring Chateau Latour and the other half of the vineyard on the plateau of Bages, south of the town of Pauillac.
With an annual production of ~138.000 bottles, today´s plantation contains about 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot growing on deep gravel, clay-limestone and limestone chalk soils that generate wines of power and distinct mineral character. Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal´s wines are stylistically typical Pauillac with generosity, elegance and power, while maybe less tannic and more juicy than most other wines from the appellation.
Hot temperatures in 1959 created grapes of full ripeness and, thereby, wines of rich tannins, high alcohol and low acidity. Overall a great vintage that- and this might be a little surprising, due to the low acidity levels- created wines of amazing future potential!
Our 1959 Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal is flawless with a perfect cork and high fill level.
Deep Dark-Red, Garnet. A little lighter edge, but vital and brilliant!
Elegant and integrated fragrances of Dark Fruit (Cassis and Cedar!) and Fruit in Rum.
Broad range of secondary and tertiary facets with a lot of (Dried) Herbs, Tobacco, Leather, Pencil Lead and some Iron (!). Spices, Fine Florals and (sweet) Vanilla.
Beautiful and delicate freshness of Mint and Eucalypt plus traces of Pinewood.
Pure, multi-layered fascination! Fine, but vital and intriguing.
Black and Red Fruits packed in a deep, Velvet structure with finest, remaining tannins and subtle acidity.
Very elegant, but with an exciting play of Sweet- and Tartness.
Core of Earthy and Leathery Characteristics and some Truffles (!).
Great finish of good length, herbal spiciness and a decent punch of Dark, Ripe Fruit (mostly Cassis).
Polished by time, elegant and velvety, but of great depth, complexity and fascination.
Constantly evolving of the four hours of drinking and showing all beautiful faces of old Pauillac.
Simply off the charts and the best wine for months. A true revelation!