|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
This has a lovely classic shape. Very Pauillac with an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon air (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot). Lovely dark fruit with some weight, small black berries and nice sandalwood spice. Slick and nicely polished tannins give just enough grip. This really does deliver. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Haut-Batailley has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, mint and graphite. It is not powerful or showy, much more linear and actually quite discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, graphite and cedar, very focused and nicely structured although it clearly requires several years to unfurl. But it conveys energy right on the finish that bodes well for the future. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2018)
Pale rim. Thick and a little heavy and slightly rustic in terms of tannin quality. Solid representation of Pauillac but not the most exciting one. Good fruit density. I may be under scoring this. Long… Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
A promising wine: pure expressions of red and black berry fruit and rich cassis, plus pristine notes of pencil lead. There is a sense of quiet force within the fine tannic structure, yet the palate is smooth and subtle, leading to a lingering finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2035 Rating: 93 Decanter Magazine(Dec 2016)
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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