2004 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Quite impressive depth of colour - nose a bit spiky - giving off almost fermentary aromas. The palate is supple, slightly nettley, (like the spikiness of the nose, this is probably due to the sample rather than the underlying wine). The balance feels good and the freshness of the vintage is there. Rating: 87 L&S (Mar 2017)

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A wine with good currant and berry fruit character. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Very good. Almost 89-91. Rating: 85-88 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

Wild blackcurrant flavours on the nose. Not subtle, very raw acidity but fine tannins from Xavier Borie. Honest and rude with health. Not the most concentrated wine, sweet rather than savoury, but round and without aggressive tannins. Well made. A sort of pastiche Pauillac. Drink 2012-20 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

A charming, silky-styled offering, the 2004 Haut-Batailley, while somewhat superficial, is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberry jam, cherries, and black currants. Ripe tannin, low acidity, and a light, silky finish result in a charming, seductive Pauillac. Rating: 88-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,

The 2004 Batailley is fresh and well defined on the nose compared to the 2002, which has less vigour. Here: notes of blackberry leaf, briary, cedar, tobacco and boysenberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, well-defined entry, pert acidity, quite tight towards the finish but good structure and focus, the finish demonstrating far more precision than I have noticed in the past. As usual, it has a foursquare finish thanks to the growing season, but a very commendable Batailley. Drink 2012-2020. Rating: 91-91 Neal Martin,

Château Haut Batailley

Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 For most of its history Château Haut Batailley, as the name suggests, was part of Château Batailley. The name "Batailley" appears to be derived from a battle that occured on the sight in 1453 during the Hundred Years War. During the early 19th Century, Batailley was owned by Daniel Guestier who did much to raise the reputation of the estate such that it was rated a 5th Growth in the 1855 classification. Batailley was purchased in 1932 by Marcel and François Borie who divided the estate between themselves in 1942, with Marcel taking the half that retained the Batailley name and François developing Haut Batailley. Château Haut Batailley is now part of the Borie family of estates that includes Ducru Beaucaillou and Grand Puy Lacoste. The two Batailleys are in the south of Pauillac, a little way inland from the Pichons. The 22ha of Haut Batailley is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Haut Batailley has a good reliable reputation, offering very decent "drinking" claret at competitive prices.

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