Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2017, Pauillac - ex Bordeaux
*Please note this wine is part of a larger Lurton pre-arrival offer and stock arrival will take c.4 weeks.
Claire is the 3rd generation of the family owner of Château Haut-Bages Libéral. Jacques Merlaut placed his daughter Bernadette in charge of the technical and commercial management of all his properties with absolute confidence. After her tragic death, Jacques turned to Claire, Bernadette’s eldest daughter. Under her grandfather’s wing, Claire was introduced to the intricacies of Bordeaux wine properties by the best of teachers. In 2000, Claire devoted herself, with passion and conviction, to give a voice to the great terroir of the Estate. From 2007, she was aided by a biodynamic approach and agroforestry techniques, which gradually enabled her to express the true nature of the Château. Since the 2000s, biodiversity has been at the heart of all the viticultural practices at Château Haut-Bages Libéral. The plots are surrounded by hedges and trees of various species (peach trees, apple trees, maples, poplars, dogwoods, elms, etc.) are gradually planted in the heart of the vines. The soils are covered by permanent grassing or by seedlings (rye, mustard, clover, broad beans, lupines, etc.). These natural elements keep the soil alive, aerated and fertile and promote biodiversty by attracting a multitude of birds, animals, insects and micro-organisms.
In 2017, Claire undertook major renovation work on the winery and historic buildings. The property no longer had to blush alongside its impressive Pauillac neighbours and can now devote itself to its raison d’être : the expression of its terroir, for the production of a great wine.
16 months of ageing: 40% in new oak barrel, 60% in one-year old barrels
Château Haut-Bages Liberal
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot