Author: David Roberts MW

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2015 Ch Haut Batailley – The end of an era

September 28th 2017


The Batailley’s have long been confusing to many a Bordeaux lover. Historically all one estate, the vineyard were split into two when the Borie brothers divided it in 1942. Francois Borie kept the estate that runs up to the vineyards of Ch Lynch-Bages and so Ch Haut-Batailley was born. A fine location, a fifth growth in classification it offers one of the most complete examples of Pauillac, before hitting the heights and prices of its illustrious neighbours of 1st and 2nd growth quality.

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‘Cadillacs and chandeliers in a car park like no other’

June 22nd 2017


Tiffany and I are the most unlikely couple to hit the sports pages of The Daily Telegraph. But here we are in their article, ‘Cadillacs and chandeliers in a car park like no other’ enjoying a glorious day at Royal Ascot. In fact, what the camera missed was the extraordinary selection of wines on our picnic table that were totally befitting for the headline.

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Ch Mouton Rothschild 2016 | £2,592 per 6 IB | “magnificent” 98-100 points, Neal Martin

June 1st 2017


Ch Mouton Rothschild was released this morning at £2,592 per 6 In Bond. Managing Director Philippe Dhalluin was very pleased with the quality of the vintage across the Mouton Rothschild estates. He has described the wines as “very juicy, with a lot of flesh; they are rich without being over-alcoholic,” and that 2016 represents the best Petit Mouton ever made. He also said that 2016 “had more density than 2015, even if 2015 is exceptional too, so maybe people will prefer the 2016: it will be like 2009 and 2010.” The 2016 was matured in 100% new oak barrels, and…

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