|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 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 MW - www.JancisRobinson.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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