|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac|
Historically a part of Batailley until the property was split in two in the 1940's. Until recently this château was owned by the aunt of Grand Puy Lacoste proprietor Xavier Borie, who made the wine. The 40 hectare property has 22 hectares of vines (average age 35 years) and these are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines border those of Lynch Bages, Les Forts de Latour and Pichon Lalande. The property was sold to the Cazes family of neighbouring Lynch Bages in March 2017, who have since made significant investment in the vineyards and winemaking facilities.
The 2019 Haut-Batailley has a precise and quite understated bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit, cedar and mint, just a very slight floral note developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite infused black fruit, classic in style, very well balanced with wonderful tension. It fans out effortlessly on the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drink 2026-2055
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2019 Haut-Batailley is deep garnet-purple in color. It tumbles out with expressive notes of black cherry preserves, stewed black plums, and creme de cassis, leading to hints of graphite, chargrill, and tapenade. The medium to full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular black fruit and earthy layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing with fantastic length.
A fine effort from this cru classé located between Lynch-Bages, Forts de Latour and Pichon Lalande, the 2019 Haut-Batailley offers up aromas of minty berries, loamy soil, violets, cedar and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, succulent palate with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and powdery structuring tannins. This is the second vintage produced by the Cazes family since their acquisition of the château in 2017. - Drink 2025-2050
Tasted blind at Southwold. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, aged for 14 months in 60% new French oak. Deep purple colour. Deep cassis fruit on the nose, layered with a hint of cedary depth. Pure and youthful. The palate follows, chalky and vertical with great foundations of structure and fine black fruit. This is tightly wound but fine, with great proportions between structure, fruit and acids. This is sleeker than some in this flight but shows superb persistence and impressive length on the finish. Hold for five years and enjoy over several decades.
This is linear and tight with blue fruit and fine tannins. Some graphite and lead pencil, too. Medium to full body with very Pauillac sensibility. Delicate, yet structured. Restrained. Needs time to open. 76% cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2026.
Enjoyable, balanced, smoked earth, black tea and slate, grilled black fruits that have plenty of Pauillac character. Not as muscular as its sibling estate Lynch Bages, but this is a delicious wine that has years ahead of it.
Tasted blind. Deep crimson. Ripe and slightly damp and furry on the nose. Solid and concentrated, but no lift for the moment. Very embryonic, but it should blossom eventually. Inky, sour finish. 14.5%
Drink 2027– 2041
The 2019 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, will be aged for 14 months in 60% new French oak, and has an abv of 14%. Deep purple in colour. The Cazes influence is evident here, with deep rich cassis on a brooding and powerful nose. The palate is equally rich, with bold and grippy tannins intermingling with blackcurrant and graphite. The flesh builds with sandalwood and cedar on the back end to a long and spicy finish. Impressive and ageworthy.
The 2019 Haut-Batailley, matured in 60% new oak for 14 months, has a tensile, well-defined bouquet, linear and focused (much more so than last year from barrel), featuring blackberry, briar, that same tincture of blood orange and a hint of cedar. The palate is silky-smooth on the entry and very cohesive and harmonious. Though there is a little new oak to be subsumed, that will happen over the next 2–3 years. Showing great depth and composure on the finish, this is a wonderful Pauillac that will give 30 or 40 years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2025-2055.
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2019 Haut-Batailley is deep garnet-purple colored. It has a pretty, floral nose with hints of lilacs and lavender over a core of warm cassis, blackberry pie, and wild blueberries with suggestions of chocolate cherries and truffles. Medium-bodied, the palate sings of juicy red and black fruits with a lively backbone and plush tannins, finishing long and perfumed.
The 2019 Haut-Batailley, now of course part of the Cazes family's portfolio, is nicely detailed on the nose with blood orange and even a touch of marmalade tincturing the black fruit. The palate is very intense on the entry, the fruit remarkably pure with fine-grain tannins. This is a Haut-Batailley with ambition: very harmonious with touches of white pepper and cedar towards the finish. Is this a harbinger for things to come? I hope so.
2025 - 2055
Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It’s full and chewy with a powerful finish. Tar and graphite at the end. Solid core of fruit and tannin here. One of the most structured I have had from here. Cazes family making the difference.
Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Haut-Batailley opens with fragrant notes of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves and redcurrant jelly, leading to suggestions of fragrant soil, dried mint, woodsmoke and Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers impactful, vibrant black fruit flavors with a racy line of freshness and finely grained tannins to support, finishing long with lots of savory and mineral sparks. 2025 - 2045
The third vintage under the Cazes ownership, and happy to see that they maintain a style that is distinct from Lynch Bages, one than emphasizes the elegance that Cabernet Sauvignon can give over the power and concentration of Bages. This has a touch of rusticity on the tannins, with an unfussy elegance, some delicious juicy cassis fruits and a ton of Pauillac character. Drinking Window 2024 - 2037