Radiant purple colour. This has a very exuberant nose of wild bramble fruits with a touch of vanilla pod. In the palate it has a superb degree of intensity. Vibrant and fresh, with a structured Pauillac tannic core. A wine punching considerably above its classification.
A star wine, punching well above its classification. Direct, intense blackberry aromas carry through into the palate. A classic example of all the very best characteristics of the vintage: structured tannins, lively freshness and sweet dark berry fruits. Top class.
The Château Haut-Batailley 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot picked between 25 September and 9 October at 33hl/ha. The nose seems to revel in that Cabernet Sauvignon: sensual black fruit on the nose mixed with minerals and incense aromas. It offers knockout precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin that are enveloped in pure black cherry fruit mixed with blueberry and even hints of orange rind. There is already plenty of energy coiled up in this Haut-Batailley – a splendid Pauillac in the making.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot. 33 hl/ha. Lots of energy here. Intense purple fruit, and lots of richness. Spicy fruit. Lots of richness and life. Very glossy and fills the palate. Very racy – like a racehorse. No excess of acid or dry tannins. Very neat and charming. Great clarity of purpose. Drink 2022-2034
Light tobacco and cedar hints lead off, followed by pretty red currant and bitter cherry fruit flavors. Shows good energy on the iron-edged finish. A minerally style of Pauillac.
A young wine with presence and finesse showing firm tannins, a medium to full body and a persistent finish. Fine texture.
The 2014 Haut Batailley is quite dark and intense. Dark plum, smoke, game, leather and white pepper flesh out in a powerful, incisive wine built on pure power. The 2014 is likely to require at least a few years for the tannins to soften. Today, the 2014 Haut Batailley is a bit imposing, yet there is plenty of intrigue.
Lovely textured, lifted black Cabernet fruit to the fore. Beautiful expression and an elegantly long finish. Drink: 2019-2030
(78 Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 Merlot) | 60% new oak | 13.5% alc. This is more pungent and fruit-driven than expected with a rich feel on the nose and impressive depth, too. I am very keen on the purity and I welcome the Pauillacais graphite notes and serious length. This is a sleek, smooth, cool, Cabernet-dominant wine with a gorgeous old-fashioned frame populated with modern, bright fruit. There is lovely balance here with refreshing touches of mint and crunchy cherries. The oak is completely knit into the wine and it shows real control throughout the centred palate. This is a very classy Haut-Batailley with serious length and poise. It will inevitably turn out to be one of the steals of the vintage. A true tour de force in this vintage.
Château Haut-Batailley was bought by Jean-Charles Cazes of Ch Lynch Bages in 2017 from François-Xavier Borie. It has one of the highest vine densities in Bordeaux at 10,000 vines per hectare, and holds a superb location, neighbouring Chx Lynch Bages, Latour and Pichon Lalande.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.