CHÂTEAU HAUT BATAILLEY
2010 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Less of an immediate 'bomb' than 2009, it is still very silky and gliding, but there's an extra seriousness, a coal-black depth to the fruit, graphite, intensity and purity. Very long, with a touch of cinnamon and spice, the fruit still needing to unfurl. Lovely balance and length, and it's hard to think of an Haut Batailley at this level. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2011)
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Black fruits intermingle on the nose quite rich and deep. The palate has the freshness of bilberry and bramble a racy brightness with behind it fruit power a lovely depth of flavour. There is good structure with the ripe tannins ensuring richness on the finish. 2020-35 Rating: 91-94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Slightly overshadowed by its stable mate Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but there’s no shame in that given the difference in price. This is smoky, bright and densely textured with medium alcohol, slightly firm tannins but plenty of fresh plum, black cherry and liquorice on the palate. 10+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2011)
This is always the most St.-Julien-like of the Pauillacs (although occasionally Pichon-Lalande possesses a suave, St.-Julian character and less power than many Pauillacs). The dark ruby/purple-hued 2010 reveals sweet aromas of red and black currants, cedar and spicy background oak. It is an attractive, elegant, mid-weight wine with polished tannins as well as a restrained style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. 2011-2026 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2011)
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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