Robert Parker 87
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The nose on the HBL 2008 has good intensity with blackberry, cedar and graphite aromas, some nice mineralite coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, quite supple and fleshy in the mouth, although not as complex or as long as the nose suggested. Tasted January 2012.
Inky ruby color. Captivating aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, licorice and minerals are complicated by a strong smoky note. Rich, round and deep, with pure flavors of raspberry and plum. A classic Bordeaux with a broad, mouthcoating finish featuring very fine tannins and excellent length. One of the three best wines from this property in the last 15 years.
Area under vines: 30 hectares
Soils: Deep gravels from the quaternary on limestone-clay subsoil
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha
Production: 120,000 bottles a year
Ageing: in 40% new oak barrels for 16 months
- Cabernet Sauvignon 70%
- Merlot 30%
Other wines: LA CHAPELLE DE BAGES, LA FLEUR DE HAUT-BAGES LIBERAL, LE PAUILLAC DE HAUT-BAGES LIBERAL
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