OENOFOROS Product Details 0087 Oenoforos Chateau Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac 2011
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Country: France, Bordeuax, Pauillac
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%

Falstaff Magazin: 90/100
92 points - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 

The 30-hectare property is superbly sited in the south of the Pauillac appellation between Château Latour and the 2 Pichon’s. The vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%, lie on deep gravel beds over limestone. 

Tasting Notes: The resulting wine has both power and elegance. The tannins are ripe and silky on the palate. A very nice balance. We can classify this vintage as the classic ones. 

The name of Château Haut-Bages Liberal has two roots. The LIBERAL family ran the property in the early eighteenth century. From father to son, they sold the harvest in the Netherlands and Belgium. Over time, these connoisseurs gathered the best soils of Pauillac. Thus, this 5th Classified Growth in 1855 now has half of its vineyards adjacent to Château Latour and the other half behind Château Pichon Baron, on the heights of the locality "Bages", a large plateau in the south of Pauillac. The property would regain his youth when, in 1960, the Cruse family, owner of Château Pontet Canet, acquired the property. The Cruse would launch an extensive program of replanting the vineyard. However, it was in 1983 at the arrival of the Villars family that Château Haut-Bages Libéral really recovered its former glory. Today, the property is run by Claire VILLARS LURTON. She undertook an overhaul,  winemaking and she directs the vineyard management to a sustainable viticulture

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The Grape
Cab.Sauvignon & Franc & Merlot
Cabernet – Merlot – Syrah blends incorporate some of the world`s most popular red wine grape varieties, each of which are grown in almost every wine-producing country on earth. The Cabernet grapes (both Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc) are both classic blending partners for Merlot, whether individually or together. They are in fact the core ingredients of the traditional Bordeaux Blend. Less traditional, but increasingly common, particularly in the New World, is to add a component of Syrah, or Shiraz, to the mix.

Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are all known for producing full-bodied, tannic styles of wine, so it is no surprise that a blend of these should have a similar style. Cabernet lends its structure and body, as well as classic varietal characters of green pepper and blackcurrant. Merlot adds a round, juicy mouthfeel, with Syrah giving the wines spicy, fruity overtones. While there are no hard and fast rules on the proportions used, the Bordeaux varieties tend to dominate, with Syrah used in much smaller quantities.

This wine is decidedly New World in approach, but the blend has been adopted by various Old World producers over the past couple of decades. It has become very popular in Tuscany, where many Italian producers are making export-oriented interpretations of the wine. It is also seen in Spain and along the Mediterranean coast of France, despite not being a permitted blend in any major appellations. This change has come in response to market demands and goes against the grain of tradition; there is little or no precedent in any French wine region for blending Rhone Valley varieties such as Syrah with the Bordeaux varieties.

The United States and Australia are leading the charge on this blend in the new world, making rich, ripe wines from Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah (or Shiraz as it is known down under). In the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions, Shiraz is often dominant, and the wines have more chocolate and mocha characteristics. In the U.S., the blend is found along the west coast, particularly in the Napa and Columbia Valleys of California and Washington respectively.

Blends of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are made at various levels of quality, from drink-now styles to more concentrated examples that can be cellared for many years.