La Fleur de Haut Bages Libéral
Throughout the early eighteenth century the Liberal family acted as wine brokers for the property, selling each harvest to the Netherlands and Belgium. Over multiple generations of successful international dealings, the Liberals had accumulated a significant portion Pauillac, their properties sitting next to Chateau Latour and Chateau Pichon Baron. In 1855 this area because the 5th classified Bordeaux Growth. In 1960, the Cruse family, owner of Château Pontet Canet, another 5th Classified Growth in Pauillac, acquired the estate, intending to revive its youth through an extensive program of replanting the vineyard. However, it was in 1983, at the arrival of the Villars family, that Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal really recovered its former glory. Today, the property is run by Claire Villars Lurton, who did a complete technological overhaul of the winery and has implemented environmentally sustainably winegrowing and winemaking practices.
The Lurton family is one of the most respected in all of Bordeaux. They have over 15 chateaus in their portfolio of properties and some very serious Grand Cru Classe, 2nd growth, and 5th growth properties to talk about. In 2010 I was interested in expanding to Bordeaux within the portfolio and came across the opportunity to work with them... the wines are all well priced, and well made. It is also great to have access to winery direct pricing on important properties like Durfort Vivens in Margaux!
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