This is a hidden star in Grand Cru Classe which performs great in older vintage and backward in younger vintage. This wine has a very fresh and fruity nose together with oak and tertiary aromas like chocolate, coffee beans. Very elegant as nose. On palate it's complex and structured with sufficient acidity. The wine was opened for 3 hrs and its aromas starts to go away. The tannin is very fine which is hardly detectable. A good wine to have for such a good vintage at this price
A stunning Pauillac and a real steal at around $40 I paid for it recently. Never had an Haut Bages Liberal as they are not exactly known as a top producer in Pauillac but bought this following the remarkable reviews here. Bottom neck fill, cork in very good condition with only the bottom two thirds soaked. Still a fairly dark garnet with no bricking to speak of, a nose of dark fruit, touch of bell peppers and capsicum, also a touch of emerging tobacco and leather, still juicy dark fruit on the medium weight palate, lead pencil, all in perfect balance and harmony. Finish could be longer. Fantastic, this has pretty much all I am looking for in a top Pauillac, and would be interesting to include this in a, say Pichon Baron vertical as a pirate. 92-93 and good bottles perfect to drink now.
PS: Very interesting to read Parker's tasting note of this wine from 1989. He gave it 89 points then but his note reads like for one of his 95 point "blockbusters" today (full bodied - tick box, impressive extract - tick box, powerful, long and ripe finish - tick box. How did we again get to 89 points from here?)
My drinking experience today was very much inline with this review from Andtheodor: "Old cedar chest, old cigar wrapper, humidor nose. Fruit starting to dry out on palate, mushrooms, cigarette, capsicum tastes. Still balanced and enjoyable, but somewhat dusty and thin. Much less interesting than my last bottle."
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