2000 La Fleur Haut-Bages Liberal
Sampled at a rather large wine shop tasting with several other lower end Bordeaux. This was my first exposure to Haut-Bages Liberal wines, and it was far superior to everything else on the list.
Color: Purple-red. They were short on stems so the wines were served in plastic cups unfortunately - ugh!
Nose: Initially mute. Really took off after about 5 minutes in the "cup". Dark fruit, earth, spice, tobacco, and leather were easily identified.
Taste: Rich fruit was quite apparent. Very nice spice/earth/tobacco mix in the background. Excellent balance and a pronounced, almost tangy citrus-like finish. This is the first wine I have ever tasted with a very clear tobacco note to it.
At $27 I took a bottle home. I figure it will only get better if served in proper stems. We will probably drink it in the near term as it appears this wine is not necessarily made for longevity. Also, the sales rep said he had tasted this wine about two months ago, and I wasn't even close in complexity to how it tasted yesterday.