Château Haut Batailley - Pauillac

92 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
83 points - The Wine Advocate
Château Haut Batailley - Pauillac - 2009 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Haut Batailley - Pauillac

92 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
83 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2009 Haut Batailley has a much tighter and less expressive bouquet than many 2009s at the moment (in fact, you might think this was a 2010 if served blind!). Fortunately it only takes a few swirls to reveal some gorgeous minerally blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more structured 2009 Pauillac than others, yet beautifully balanced and with plenty of fruit towards the precise finish. This feels like a very polished Haut-Batailleynot in the winery, rather by nature.
The 2009 Haut Batailley has a much tighter and less expressive bouquet than many 2009s at the moment (in fact, you might think this was a 2010 if served blind!). Fortunately it only takes a few swirls to reveal some gorgeous minerally blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more structured 2009 Pauillac than others, yet beautifully balanced and with plenty of fruit towards the precise finish. This feels like a very polished Haut-Batailleynot in the winery, rather by nature.
The 2008 Haut Batailley is service back to normal after the rather lacklustre 2007. It has a well defined, blackberry, minerally nose that has a sense of brightness and vivacity—a vivid set of aromatics that entice you inwards. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and focused with great tension and energy. I appreciate the purity embroidered into this wine from start to finish, the manner in which it gently fans out towards the long and precise finish. Excellent for the vintage, this is probably very good value in today's market.
The 2006 Haut Batailley is a wine that I have always appreciated and at ten years of age, I have no reason to change that view. It has a such a lively and vivacious bouquet, especially when compared to the sultrier (if ultimately superior 2005 Haut-Batailley). The palate is underpinned by very fine tannin, the acidity quite noticeable but simply lending freshness and tension. There is a sense of this being a Pauillac that is tightly coiled and there is a lot of energy on the finish. This is a great success for the vintage, but if you can wait another couple of years, it should manifest more intriguing secondary notes and turn into a more interesting Pauillac.
The 2005 Haut Batailley obviously has a more intense bouquet than the 2004 with blackberry, wild hedgerow and cold gravel scents. It is still quite tight, but there is very fine precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe earthy black fruit. It is actually more approachable than I was expecting for a 2005 having loosened its tie in recent years. There is great depth here and fine mineralité, completing what is a classy and sophisticated Pauillac that should repay further bottle age. Chapeau!
The 2015 Haut Batailley is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, matured in 60% new oak. It was picked between 21 September until 2 October. It is a level up from the 2015 Lacoste Borie with much more fruit intensity: blackberry, boysenberry, tobacco and cedar aromas. It gathers momentum in the glass and develops a subtle mint accent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannin, very well balanced with just a slight tinniness that will disappear by the time in bottle. I love the pencil shaving sprinkled over the aftertaste here. With very good substance and impressive length, this is a classic Pauillac that I suspect will offer 25 or 30 years of pleasure.
The 2012 Haut Batailley has a superior bouquet to the 2011, with more complexity and mineralité, crushed stone intermingling with copious black fruit all with exquisite delineation and focus. There is a strictness here, perhaps borrowed from its half-brother, Grand Puy-Lacoste. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition and focus. There is still some oak to be absorbed but there is plenty of substance on the stylish, sweet finish that is very seductive. This is an excellent wine from François-Xavier Borie, dare I say up there with the 2009 and 2010. It comes highly recommended.
The 2010 Haut Batailley is beginning to reach the potential I enthused about when I first tasted this from barrel. Much like the 2009 Haut-Batailley, it has a very expressive bouquet that needs a lot of coaxing from the glass. And like many 2010s it is a broody bugger, stubborn and obdurate but when you get to the palate...this is where the action is! This is where the quality positively shines through with very fine tannin: extremely pure fruit, a judicious touch of spice and a long and tender finish that is seamless. It needs 8-10 years for those aromatics to open but judging by the quality of the palate, it will be worth the wait.
The 1988 Haut-Batailley is a lightweight, lean, closed, hard-edged wine that lacks charm and finesse. The tannin level appears excessive for the fruit component. - Robert M. Parker, Jr

Château Haut Batailley is a renowned producer of fine wines located in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, France. With a history dating back to the 15th century, the estate has been owned by the de Batailley family, Daniel Guestier, and now the Cazes family, who also own the nearby Château Lynch-Bages. The 22 hectares of vineyards are planted with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and are situated on a gravelly plateau, providing excellent drainage and allowing the vines to produce grapes of exceptional quality.

The wines of Château Haut Batailley are known for their elegance, balance, and complexity. They are made using traditional winemaking techniques, including hand harvesting, fermentation in oak vats, and aging in French oak barrels. The flagship wine of Château Haut Batailley is the Grand Vin, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is rich and full-bodied, with aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco, and a complex, well-structured palate with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. The estate also produces a second wine, La Parde de Haut Batailley, which is made from younger vines and is aged for a shorter period of time than the Grand Vin, resulting in a more approachable wine with softer tannins and a fruitier character.

Château Haut Batailley is a producer of exceptional wines that are highly sought after by wine lovers around the world. Their wines are a testament to the rich history and winemaking traditions of the Pauillac appellation, and are sure to impress even the most discerning of palates.

Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Pauillac
Producer:
Château Haut Batailley
Grapes/Blend:
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV:
14.5%

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Château Haut Batailley

Château Haut Batailley

Château Haut Batailley is a renowned wine producer located in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region in France. The estate has a rich history dating back to...

Château Haut Batailley is a renowned wine producer located in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region in France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 15th century when it was owned by the de Pontac family, who were also the owners of Château Margaux and Château Haut-Brion. In the 18th century, the estate was acquired by the Batailley family, who gave it its current name.

The vineyards of Château Haut Batailley cover 22 hectares and are planted with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for 18 months, with 60% of the barrels being new each year.

The resulting wine is a classic Pauillac, with a deep ruby color and aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and structured, with firm tannins and a long, complex finish. It is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but also has the potential to age for many years.

Château Haut Batailley is known for producing wines of exceptional quality and consistency, and is highly regarded by wine critics and enthusiasts alike. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the wines of Bordeaux, and a bottle of Château Haut Batailley is a true treasure for any wine collector.

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation.

The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Pauillac

Pauillac

Pauillac is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with...

Pauillac is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with a reputation for elegance, complexity, and longevity. Pauillac is home to some of the most famous châteaux in Bordeaux, including Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild.

The history of winemaking in Pauillac dates back to the Roman era, but it was not until the 17th century that the region began to gain recognition for its wines. The Dutch were the first to recognize the potential of Pauillac wines, and they began importing them to their home country in large quantities. In the 18th century, Pauillac wines became popular in England, and they were soon being exported to other parts of Europe and the world.

The style of production in Pauillac is traditional, with a focus on quality over quantity. The vineyards are planted on gravelly soils, which provide excellent drainage and reflect the heat back onto the vines, helping to ripen the grapes. The grapes grown in Pauillac are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for 18-24 months, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

The typical wines from Pauillac are full-bodied, with intense aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, and cedar. They are known for their firm tannins, which give the wines structure and longevity. Pauillac wines are often described as having a "pencil lead" or "graphite" character, which is a result of the gravelly soils in which the grapes are grown. The wines are also known for their ability to age gracefully, with some of the best vintages lasting for decades.

In conclusion, Pauillac is a wine appellation with a rich history and a reputation for producing some of the finest red wines in the world. The traditional style of production, the gravelly soils, and the focus on quality over quantity all contribute to the unique character of Pauillac wines. If you are looking for a wine with elegance, complexity, and longevity, look no further than Pauillac.

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