2008 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Very pretty classic cassis Cabernet nose. Sweet fruit and purity - very supple, and not lacking in drive, and the fruit behind keeps its tantalising sweet gourmandise fruit. Very pretty and elegant. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2009)

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The 2008 Haut-Batailley has a modest nose: brambly red berry fruit, cedar, a little loose-knit and needing more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with lighter tannins than I was expecting, a mixture of red and black fruit but missing that tension and mineralité towards the finish. Good, but surpassed by the 2009 and 2010. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, 2018)

More similar to a St.-Julien than a Pauillac, the 2008 Haut-Batailley reveals delicious, sensual, black raspberry and black cherry fruit. It does not possess the density or power of other Pauillacs, but it is round, ripe, and seductive with medium body, nicely integrated wood, juicy tannins, and fresh acids. It should drink well for 12+ years. Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2009)

This is ripe, wine gum nose of blackberry, a touch of cherry liqueur, a little cedar and roasted walnut. Good definition. Medium-bodied, ripe and rounded tannins, blackberry, a hint of liquorice, lovely texture although perhaps it could do with a little more backbone and tension towards the finish. A decent, earlier drinking Haut-Batailley. Fine, especially the silky, sensuous finish. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2009)

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. In 2017 Château Haut Batailley was purchased by the Cazes family, owners of Château Lynch Bages. 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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