Haut Batailley 2005


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Tasting Notes

An excellent wine from Xavier Borie, the 2005 Haut-Batailley displays plenty of silky blackcurrant fruit along with notes of licorice and incense, as well as some nice underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco. Medium-bodied and lush, with lovely purity, this beautiful wine should drink well for another 15-20 years. Drink 2015-2035.

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Proprietor Xavier Borie has turned out a beautiful silky-textured Pauillac revealing classic creme de cassis, licorice, and tar-like characteristics interwoven with cedar and roasted herb notes. Medium-bodied and elegant, it is more St.-Julien-like in personality than Pauillac. But who’s complaining? This 2005 will provide lovely drinking in its youth, yet age well for 15 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

One of the finest Haut-Batailleys I have tasted in many years, Xavier Borie has ratcheted up the quality at this estate. Always one of the most St.-Julien-like of the Pauillacs, the 2005 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, a sweet bouquet of mulberries, black currants, licorice, tar, and flowers, medium to full body, and an elegant, pure personality with a luscious texture as well as a silky finish (atypical for this vintage). Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

As usual, the 2005 Haut-Batailley resembles a St.-Julien more than a Pauillac. It possesses a deep plum/ruby color as well as a sweet nose of raspberries, black currants, spice, and oak. Elegant, medium-bodied, and made in a less powerful, structured style than most 2005s, it should hit its peak in 5-6 years, and last for 15 or more.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château. The 2005 Haut Batailley obviously has a more intense bouquet than the 2004 with blackberry, wild hedgerow and cold gravel scents. It is still quite tight, but there is very fine precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe earthy black fruit. It is actually more approachable than I was expecting for a 2005 having loosened its tie in recent years. There is great depth here and fine mineralité, completing what is a classy and sophisticated Pauillac that should repay further bottle age. Chapeau! Tasted July 2016.
Drink Date 2017 - 2035

Score: 92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

The Château Haut-Batailley 2005 has a ripe, almost candied bouquet with small red cherries, hints of marmalade, quince and wild heather, as usual very well defined and gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth, understated but reassuringly classic in style with a delicate brush of tobacco and sous bois on the finish. Enjoy this Pauillac over the next 20 years.

Score: 90Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015

Score: 93James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Aromas of crushed berry, spice and light toasted oak. Licorice galore. Full-bodied, with velvety texture and a long, caressing finish. Another 2000.

Score: 92/94James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Deep dark crimson. Well balanced and fresh. Zippy. Lots of racy freshness at last!
Drink 2016-2030

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Mid crimson. Fragrant. Lively cassis syrup. The acid and tannins are a bit jagged at this stage. Awkward rather than a pleasure. 13%
Drink 2023-2040

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Very dark crimson. Light nose but all in balance. Very opulent start - tea leaves - all texture rather than flavour at the moment but a very flattering texture. Needs quite a time to knit but the tannins are very well hidden. Drink 2015-2027. Date tasted 18 Feb 09.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2009

First year of the new vat-house. Great deep colour. Very pure ripe fruit - lots of polished fruit without particularly obvious oak influence. Extreme sweetness on the front palate. A little bit obvious. Well made but slightly pinched tannins on the finish. Quite perceptible heat on the finish. Almost black cherries. A slightly animal raw note. Drink 2012-18

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Medium red-ruby. Ripe, smoky aromas of plum and caramel; this smells opulent! Fat and sweet in the mouth, with a slightly roasted character to the supple plum and leather flavors. In a heavier style than the 2006 but with a reasonably fine-grained texture. Finishes with dusty tannins. I find this less refined than the 2006, but there's more material and ripeness here.

Score: 89Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Deep, fragrant and supple fruit for Pauillac, lovely concentration, suavity and depth, a touch of chocolate, smooth, rich yet fresh. Drink 2010-25.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

Restrained ripeness, very little revealed. On the palate a velvet carpet of fruit and spice, beautifully engaging with silken tannins. Very fine. Drink from 2015. Awarded 5 stars.

Score: 18.5+Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008

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