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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|
SOMMELIER SELECTION, ‘LAST FEW’ AND GIFTS
These lovely wines and gifts are stored in our cellar in Clapham, ready for immediate dispatch (and drinking)! If we have less than 12 bottles, the display will show the number available today. If you’d like more than the number shown, or it’s shown as ‘Out of Stock’ / ‘Email to order’, just call us or drop us an email to confirm your order and delivery schedule, as our winemakers send us fresh stocks frequently.
Standard Delivery takes 2-3 working days and costs £7.50 for orders under £75. Orders over £75 are subject to FREE Standard Delivery. Standard and Express Delivery is available for most mainland UK postcodes as listed in our T&Cs. Express Delivery costs £12.50. Express delivery orders over £75 are £5.
For Express Delivery (next working day) orders need to be placed before 1pm. Orders placed after 1pm will be received after two business days. Orders placed for next day delivery after 1pm on a Friday and before 1pm on a Monday will be delivered on Tuesday. Orders placed on a Bank Holiday will be similarly processed the day after the Bank Holiday and delivered the following day.
Same Day Delivery costs £20. This option is available to most London postcodes as listed in our T&Cs, if ordered by 1pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). If ordered after 1pm, you will receive your order on the next working day. We may be able to organise a speedy courier for you, so please call or email us if you have special requests. What a great way to get that wine to your office or home for the evening!
Our Club Offers may take longer to ship, as we collect all of our members’ orders together before ordering them from the winemaker. The expected delivery timelines for each product should be specified on the product page. Otherwise, please contact us for the information. Deliveries for most Club Offers, including En Primeur deliveries are charged at £15 per order. For more information about In Bond wines, click here.
Deliveries for the wines on our Grower List cost £25, and can take 2-3 weeks. Please let us know if you have an urgent request and we’ll do our best to help.
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