'The 2015 Haut Batailley is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot....blackberry, boysenberry, tobacco and cedar aromas. It gathers momentum in the glass and develops a subtle mint accent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannin, very well balanced with just a slight tinniness that will disappear by the time in bottle. I love the pencil shaving sprinkled over the aftertaste here. With very good substance and impressive length, this is a classic Pauillac that I suspect will offer 25 or 30 years of pleasure. Drink 2025-2055.' 92/94 Neal Martin
Grand Cru Classified in 1855, Château Haut-Batailley, symbolized by the Tour l'Aspic, marks the entry into the Pauillac vineyard. The history of Haut-Batailley is linked to that of its neighbor Batailley until 1942, when their paths separated. In 2017, the Cazes family, owner of Château Lynch-Bages and Château Ormes de Pez, acquired it and began writing a new chapter.
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“With a strong, determined Cabernet core this wine is more purposeful than some of the softer releases and it reaffirms its intentions to be considered among the top wines of the commune. While Grand-Puy-Lacoste always shows charm alongside structure and intensity, Haut-Batailley is often a more muscular creation with a less generous air in its youth. The colour is a majestic purple and the black cherry and graphite nose is spellbinding. The palate is fairly slim and long with sleek lines and no trace of graininess or traction in the tannins as they are unbelievably fit. This is a wine that will require a few years to gather itself together but I would bet my house on it unravelling stunningly in five-eight years’ time. A wine to buy and treasure without breaking the bank and as far as classic Pauillac is concerned this wine is made to an age old design and I adore it because it doesn’t get carried away with its own grandeur. Drink 2021 onwards 18+ ”Matthew Jukes