La Fleur de Haut Bages Liberal
- Bordeaux, France
Owned by the Liberal family until the estate was sold in 1960 to the Villars Merlaut (who doesn’t enjoy a Liberal Merlot?!), the chateau has been run by Claire Villars Merlaut Lurton since 1982. Biodynamic winemaking is in play here at this hidden gem in the Medoc - they are on their way of getting the organic farming certification. This first certification will allow the estate to eventually claim a biodynamic farming certification.
With vineyards next door to Latour, just behind Pichon Baron, and sharing the plain of Bages with Lynch Bages, the chateau flies slightly under the radar compared to its illustrious neighbours and therefore offers brilliant value from the same terroir.
La Fleur, the second wine, is still heavily Cabernet-focussed (like all the greatest wines of the Medoc) with 20% Merlot, and from fifteen year old vines, and spends twelve months maturing in oak. Thanks to the Indian summer in 2014 with the late harvest of the Cabernet finishing in mid-October, this edition of La Fleur is showing really classy, complex fruit already. Vibrant, and fresh now, it will certainly age for a decade but is showing balance and charm enough already to be enjoyed today.
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Smooth Red|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
|Food Match||Pasta - Lasagne alla Bolognese, Pasta - Truffle & Porcini Tagliolini, Red Meat - Beef bourguignon, Rice - Risotto, Mushroom|