The winery is in the area Pauillac
in the Médoc
(Bordeaux). The part of the name "Haut-Bages" refers to the highest point of the Plateau Bages, where the estate and vineyards are located between the municipalities of Pauillac and Saint-Julien. It was founded in the 18th century by the Libéral family, to which the last part of the name refers. It came through in the second half of the 19th century phylloxera
to a decline. In 1960 the property was acquired by the Société Civile Charreules with the Cruse family as the main shareholder. Part of the vineyards became the Chateau Pontet-Canet
allocated. In 1982 Haut-Bages-Libéral became Jacques Merlaut
(+2008) managed Taillan group sold. Since 1992 it has been run by his granddaughter Claire Villars-Lurton (wife of Gonzague Lurton
) guided. In the Bordeaux Classification
In 1855 the estate received fifth place (Cinquième Cru Classé). The vineyards cover 28 hectares with Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (17%) and Petit Verdot (3%). The extremely long-lived red wine is aged for 16 months in 40% new barriques. The second wine is called "La Chapelle de Bages".