2010 Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91-94
Wine Advocate: 91-93+
Vinous Media: 91-94
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine

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"Shows friendly mocha and roasted tobacco up front, followed by a mouthfilling core of blackberry, plum and cassis. The dense but velvety finish has nice latent grip." (WS)

"The finest Haut-Bages-Liberal I have tasted in many years, this sleeper of the vintage exhibits a blue/purple hue as well as projected aromatics of blue and black fruits, spring flowers and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with moderately high tannins, a layered mouthfeel and a long finish, it should be at its best between 2017 and 2035." (WA)

"(a blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot) Medium-dark ruby. Fruity, bright aromas of red cherry, red berries and flowers, complicated by cedar and graphite. Then light and lively in the mouth, with strawberry, raspberry and smoky dark cherry flavors complicated by hints of white pepper and gunflint. The finish features a lingering floral note and chewy tannins that will need some time to resolve but seem polished enough to guarantee a bright future. This is an excellent, classically styled Haut-Bages Liberal, just a step below the first growths: I loved its balance, refined texture and sneaky concentration, though it might fail to impress those looking for a large quantity of creamy, soft fruit." (IWC)

"A balanced young wine, with smoky, blackberry and chewy aromas and flavors. Full and velvety, with a fresh finish.$$" (JS)