Liber Pater (Futures Pre-sale) 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
Liber Pater wines possesses finesse and elegance. Our viticultural processes' goal is to keep the vines planted by our ancestors productively fruitful for as long as possible. The cabernet sauvignon in our blend provides important aging potential and a wealth of aromas reminiscent of black berries, licorice, black currants, violets and black cherries. With time these will develop into fragrances of cedar, spices, roasted offee beans and leather with the occasional mineral or cigar-box touches. The blending of merlot adds fruitiness and an incomparably voluptuous texture, while a touch of petit verdot and malbec add spice and color.
About the Label: In 2006 Liber Pater invited contemporary artist Gérard Puvis to create a limited edition label for the year's vintage (pictured here) and that tradition continues with the 2009 vintage. Gérard's works include paintings, frescos, sculptures and murals with exhibitions both in his native France and abroad. The 2009 label will not be revealed until just 3 months before its release. For now the artist has only revealed his theme: The Storm.
Wine Spectator - "Intense and wild, with crushed berry and wet earth. Full and powerful. Unbelievable. From ancient, ungrafted vines. First vintage is 2007.
Barrel Sample: 94-97 Points "
Liber Pater Winery
Liber Pater began with the purchase of vineyards within the Landiras commune of the Bordeaux Graves region by Loic Pasquet in 2000. Loic continues to be creative force behind Liber Pater. Liber Pater is named in honor of the god of wine and merriment. View all Liber Pater Wines
Named so for the gravelly base of soil common in the area, Graves is diverse in the wines it creates. Think red, white and sweet. The best reds of Graves are in Pessac-Léognan in the north, including the famed and lauded first growth, Chateau Haut Brion. There, and in the central area of Graves, come some deliciously dry white wine, while towards the south, you find the sweet wine of Sauternes & Barsac.
While Graves is most certainly known for its high-quality appellations of Pessac-Léognan and the sweet regions of the south, it also produces dome delicious wine outside of these regions, particularly in the dry white category. The two white grapes, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, are the primary components of Graves' white wines. Many of the dry, crisp style white wines contain more Sauvignon Blanc, while the fuller-bodied whites of the area focus on Semillon. Graves is also known for red wines, based on Cabernet Sauvignon, like the rest of the left bank, and blending with Merlot and some Cabernet Franc.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.