Château Haut Batailley 2011 - A Perfectly Mature Pauillac
Château Haut Batailley has a long history but a recent change of ownership. The Pauillac property was sold to the Cazes family, best-known for Château Lynch Bages, in 2017. With that change in ownership there has been a move in turn to increase the price - the 2019 was released at £420 per dozen.
Before the sale the wine was made by Xavier Borie, the owner of neighbouring Château Grand Puy Lacoste. He wove his experience and expertise into both wines, with Haut Batailley an expression of classic Pauillac - chalky in structure and dark fruited but fine and savoury, with real poise and elegance.
The 2011 vintage is a perfect example of this style, bright and vibrant in black fruit. The initially firm tannins of the vintage have melted into the wine - it is drinking beautifully now. It has perfect balance between fresh dark fruit and savoury maturity. At less than £27 a bottle in bond, it represents superb value for money as a mature classed growth Pauillac. You can see what Thomas Parker MW thinks of this perfectly mature Pauillac in our latest FVTV.
2011 Château Haut Batailley
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"72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, matured in 60% new oak. Bright ruby in the glass with a cool and mineral nose of cherries, camphor and cedar - lovely accents of maturity come through to add some savoury depth. The palate is crunchy and bright in plummy fruit. Good density and drive, with fresh acids lifting the darker, spicier notes at the core. This is a perfectly proportioned wine with quintessential Medocain restraint. It is compact, harmonious and long on the finish. Drink now or over the next 10 years."
16.5 points, Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners
"72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, on deep coarse gravel. 60% new oak. Deep crimson. Fresh, leafy but not green. Refreshing and lively, even at the end of a long day's tasting. Lightish, fresh and juicy, nice cool Cabernet. Light, fine tannins. Drink 2016 - 2026"
16.5 points, Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
"A wine with extremely integrated fruit-tannin balance, with berry, currant and mineral character. It's so polished and pretty. Full body, juicy fruit and a fresh finish. Needs five to six years of age to soften."
92 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (2014)