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Red Wine
Liber Pater
Le Sauvetage 2015, 75cl
França

33900
approx. £28,607.50

 13.5%

 2018-2048

 Serve at 16º-18º

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O Produtor, tasting note published in December 15th 2018

The wine is complex with big ripe red fruit and berry flavours with a hint of pepper. The oak is well integrated. The tannins are dry with a velvety texture. Still young, of course, but with extremely high ageing potential. Loic Pasquet has been a consultant for over 15 years. The future will tell.

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Liber Pater

The manual harvest is done in several stages depending on the variety and the microclimate. The grapes are all destemmed and lightly crushed as soon as they arrive at the winery. Fermentation takes place at low temperature and maceration lasts 2 months in the amphorae.
The wine is then gently pressed using an old-fashioned basket press. Finally, the wine is aged for at least 2 years in the same amphorae on fine lees. (80% amphorae and 20% new oak barrels). The 2015 vintage is a blend of 9 ungrafted grapes. 20% of the grapes are aged in new French oak barrels and 80% in 4,000 litre clay amphora (from Italy). The grapes are placed in the amphora for the fermentation process. The production is then pressed. Thus, 3 amphorae of fermented wine result in 2 amphorae of finished wine. No sulphites are added. Loic produced it in 2015 in only 550 bottles. Loïc advises to decant his wine at least twice and to let it rest for about 2 hours.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 105767

Liber Pater

Bordeaux has a reputation for being rich in prestigious estates producing exceptional wines with prices on par, but there is one estate that stands out from all the rest. Having taken its name from the Roman god of viticulture, Liber Pater is a small gourmet winery in Graves, which only began production in 2006 and labels its wines only as ‘Vin de France’.

So how did Liber Pater become a cult object and one of the top producers in Bordeaux? The answer lies with the owner and adventurous winemaker Loic Pasquet. His inspiring dedication to bringing back Bordeaux grape varieties such as Marselan, Tarney Coulant and Castet, and his focused commitment to quality produces exceptional wines that often receive above 90 points from top wine critics.

Pasquet works in particular with non-grafted vines and believes this allows him to create more authentic wines. During the rapid spread of phylloxera in the mid 1800s which destroyed 40% of French vineyards, French vines were grafted onto American vines, which were resistant to the disease. Pasquet’s use of non-grafted strains provides wine lovers with an aroma of Bordeaux before phylloxera, offering a nostalgic point of comparison with modern Bordeaux varietals.

Accompanying the focus on little-known historical strains is a way of reclaiming traditional winemaking methods. Pasquet cultivates his vineyards with little more than a 150-year-old plough and a mule, working in an organic manner that helps him to have an incredibly small impact on the environment. Obviously, producing wine in this way is labour intensive and is significantly more expensive than modern mechanised methods, but the end result is unique and magnificent; a wine that recalls the ancient harmony between man and earth.

Since Loic produces tiny quantities per year of his Liber Pater, these are incredibly rare and hard to find. Approximately 2400 bottles of Liber Pater red are produced annually, depending on the vintage, along with 300 bottles each of their delicious white wine, fermented in oak barrels, and their sweet dessert wine. Depending on the vintage, Pasquet’s iconic Liber Pater red is produced to ferment and have a maturation process of between 10 and 25 years in the cellar before reaching its optimum ripeness.

These modest quantities and fantastic quality are the reasons why Liber Pater wines are so sought after around the world despite the estate’s short age. For an investor looking to invest beyond the best traditional Bordeaux estates, Liber Pater is an excellent option with the potential to make significant returns in the future thanks to the exclusivity, authenticity and sheer passion behind the brand.