Chateau Haut Batailley – Pauillac 2017
The 2017 Haut-Batailley was cropped at 50hl/ha according to Jean-Charles Cazes since they escaped frost damage. It is the first vintage that the Cazes family have full responsibility for (incidentally, the 2016 remains unsold at time of writing). Matured for 18 months in 60% new oak, it has developed nicely since I last tasted it: blackberry, bilberry, graphite and mint aromas stride out of the glass, veins of blue fruit emerging after a couple of minutes of aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite cohesive and dense with good grip towards the finish. There is suppleness here, but there is backbone too.
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Chateau Haut-Batailley is set in the far south of the Pauillac appellation with ample climatic influence from the nearby Bay of Biscay and Gironde River as well as pine forests which help to provide shelter from Atlantic storms. Conditions here are ideal for producing powerful Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines and the chateau’s 22 hectares of vines are planted to 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.
After being owned by the Borie family for most of the 20th century, in 2017 the chateau was purchased by the Cazes family who own the nearby Chateau Lynch-Bages which is also in Pauillac. Under the new owners additional vineyards have been planted and the cellars are undergoing renovation.
Haut-Batailley’s grand vin is often compared with that of Chateau Batailley which used to be part of the same property until the estate was split between two brothers, Marcel and Francois Borie, in the 1940s. In the words of esteemed wine critic Neal Martin, Haut-Batailley has “a certain elegance and femininity which could be contrasted to Chateau Batailley’s more rustic, masculine nature’.
Chateau Haut Batailley
66% cabernet sauvignon and 34% merlot