Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
The name “Batailley” has uncertain origins, possibly deriving from “battle” an ode to the many battles that would have taken place on the domaine during the Hundred Years War. There is evidence that wine has been grown here since the end of the 18th century, and certainly by 1816 when Daniel Guestier acquired the estate, extending the vineyard, renovating the cellars and Château, and improving the quality of the wine, leading to a classification of Fifth Cru Classé in 1855.
By 1866 Guestier heirs sold the state to Constant Halphen, who hired the brothers Francis and Marcel Boire to manage the estate. In 1939 the land was split by the brothers, the smaller plot becoming Châteaux Haut-Batailley, in the hands of Francis Boire, who extended his holdings in 1951 when he purched Duhart-Milon. Managed by successive generations of the Boire family until 2017, at which time the Cazes family (owners of Château Lynch-Bages) purchased Haut-Batailley.
Only a few kilometers from Pauillac, boarding the Saint Julien appellation, the 22-hectare vineyard is predominately deep Garonne soils. This location lends a more feminine feeling to the wine than the stronger masculine wines of Sainte Julien. Planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the vines are on average 30-35 years old. Using traditional methods of cultivation, mechanical plowing, harvesting by hand and double sorting of grapes. The wines are known for their elegance, finesse and balance.
“We are delighted that Château Haut-Batailley has been accepted into the fold of the Cazes family, who are committed to continuing the work undertaken at the estate. We're confident that they will maintain the identity and character of the property.” François-Xavier Borie, previous Owner.
“Château Haut-Batailley is a magnificent property that has always produced great wines. We're particularly happy that it has passed between two families who have friendly relations and know each other well. This acquisition will strengthen our presence in Pauillac with the aim of undertaking a project distinct from Lynch-Bages. In order to respect the estate’s identity and the integrity of its vineyard, the property will be managed independently and have its own dedicated team of technical experts.” Jean-Charles Cazes, General Manager of the family-owned group.