In a nutshell: A fine, fresh and elegant left-bank Bordeaux made by the team at Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral.
The lowdown: This Haut-Médoc definitely has some pedigree. Coming from a single 8 hectare vineyard of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot in biodynamic conversion just to the north of Paulliac, owned by Claire Villars Lurton who runs Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral, made at that same great chateau by the same team as the Grand Vin, and from the very good 2015 vintage. Whether you are just after a really good Médoc or a stepping stone into the great wines of the left-bank of Bordeaux this could be your wine! Aromas of fresh, ripe black fruits and notes of cedar and spice lead onto a medium-full bodied palate with great freshness and balance coming through with integrated tannins and a persistent finish.
When to drink: Try with grilled or roast lamb, shepherd's pie, cold meats and terrines, or hard cheeses.
The wine of this Médoc Château in the highly regarded village (and appellation) of Paulliac is one of the fifth growths of the 1855 Bordeaux Classification and produces exemplary wines.
With the benefit of a favourable site near to the world renowned Château Latour the vineyards extend to nearly 30 hectares mostly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being mainly Merlot. The fortunes of the estate took a turn for the better in the early 1980s with a change of ownership and since 1999 it's been run by Claire Villars Lurton, who also looks after Châteaux Ferrière and La Gurgue, who has carved out for the estate a reputation for high quality while the wines remain at a relatively modest price level.