CHÂTEAU HAUT BATAILLEY
2013 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Very sweet fat supple fruit. An oaky sweet overlay, but the fruit holds this really well. Round and almost opulent. Silky supple berry fruit with a warm and generous heart. Tightens on the finish, it may need just a little time. 2019-2026 Rating: 90-90 L&S (Apr 2014)
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The red fruited mix on the nose is fresh and the start of the palate quite light. It has more depth in the middle with a mix of red and black fruits all supported by silky tannins. The sweet fruit at the back gives way to firmness on the finish. 2018-28 Rating: 85-89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2014)
76% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot. Ripe, juicy cassis, sappy oak but well integrated. Finely ground tannin that really grips the finish. Fine, traditional Pauillac, with lovely balance and good persistence. 2017-2027 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2014)
(76 Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 Merlot) François-Xavier Borie explained that this is ‘not a motorway vintage like 2010’ as he whooshed his hand thought the air. In 2013 he said that they ‘have to be careful where we are going’. Quite right. With less fruit and class than Grand-Puy-Lacoste this wine has a more classical Pauillac nose with more upright fruit and a linear feel. Less plump and more sinewy with prickly tannins and dusty, plum fruit this is a nice wine but you would have to be a Pauillac purist to appreciate its character. For many this would be too much to ask. There is a cool, graphite, stony underbelly which suits the regal Cabernet berries, but the lack of flair ultimately lets is down. Rating: 16.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2014)
A racy, slightly high-pitched style, with red currant, blood orange and floral notes, lined with a bright iron accent that holds sway on the austere finish. Rating: 87–90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2014)
Fine lifted Cabernet nose, smooth and ripe, touch of spice, Merlot adds charm and elegance, good wine. Drink : 2017 - 2027. Rating: 16.75 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2014)
The Château Haut-Batailley 2013 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot picked from 2 to 10 October at 31hl/ha. It has a light and slightly leafy bouquet with touches of bay leaf and undergrowth. It is missing a little vigour at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline character on the entry (like Lynch Bages). It gains cohesion towards the finish, remaining resolutely 'classic' in style with a nice touch of austerity lingering on the aftertaste. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2014)
The 2013 Haut Batailley wraps around the palate with lovely depth and nuance. A layered, resonant wine, the 2013 impresses for its depth and overall balance. Black cherry, plum, dark spices and menthol add the final layers of complexity on the nuanced finish. This is a gorgeous wine with tons of near and medium-term appeal. Rating: 88-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2014)
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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