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2003 Château Haut-Bages Libéral

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac

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  • WineKnurd Likes this wine: 85 points

    June 19, 2015 - CT props to ANDREWBDC's 4/5/2015 note; it's been years since I did a full CMS eval on a wine but we are on the same wavelength here. I might respectfully suggest the alcohol is more med to med (-) but overall we agree that there just isn't enough acidity to put this into the upper echelon of 2003's (I prefer the 2003 Lynch-Moussas myself). It's definitely ripe and extracted, dare I say "Shiraz-like" in a bad Aussie accent? Some time in the decanter brings out some red fruit notes and a leathery tannic finish.

    Style & Quality: B. Lower acidity and consequent lack of overall complexity and development bring the evaluation down to a B- but being 12 years old and drinking decently kicks it back up to a B.

    Value: B. I got it for $40 at Total Wine (with the end of case discount) which seems to be a good value based on Wine Searcher but at this point I would spend that elsewhere in Bordeaux.

    Overall: B.



  • Andrewbdc commented:

    6/21/15, 2:12 PM - My alcohol rating was made with reference to the WSET diploma scale - medium (+) is typically 13.5-14% - although it obviously depends on taste rather than what the label says. I don't have any bottles left in my cellar to check with the Chateau claims is the abv. From memory, it tasted somewhat hotter than I would have expected for a medium alcohol wine. However, I'm happy to stand corrected. This wine was definitely drinking much better than when I tasted is previously, but the acidity is an issue, and I wouldn't wait much longer to drink up.

  • WineKnurd commented:

    6/21/15, 3:30 PM - I know what you are saying, it had almost everything else you expect from a high alcohol wine- high extract, bold fruit, lower acid but I never quite got the real burn on the finish, candy oak, or the stewed fruit quality from this one. Bottle says 13%; Chateau website has no abv given. That was my only bottle as well but if you are ever stateside and visit North Carolina I will pop my last 2003 Lynch-Moussas :)

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