2019 Ch Haut-Batailley: £420 IB per dozenWednesday, June 10
Haut-Batailley, released at £420 per dozen, is 20% below the 2018 price. No one who has met Jean-Michel and his son Jean-Charles Cazes would doubt their ability to imprint their charm and charisma onto their wines. Since buying Haut-Batailley in 2017, the style of the wine has moved gradually towards the same generous, open-hearted style as Lynch-Bages.
The 22 hectares of vines border Lynch itself, as well as Pichon-Lalande and Forts de Latour. There is clearly further potential here. Suckling finds "Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors" as well as Pauillac structure in the 2019. Scored just one point behind Lynch and also a Pauillac fifth growth, the intention is to move Haut-Batailley into the next league with coming vintages. We recommend adding it to your cellar while it is such good value.
2019 Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac
"The Cazes family has turned out a beautiful 2019 Château Haut-Batailley. It has the pure, clean fruit and aromatics of the vintage as well as medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of cedary spice and tobacco notes, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and a great finish. It's largely in the same classic, elegant, concentrated style of the 2018 and is going to reward 5-7 years of bottle age. 93-95 points.". Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
"Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It's full and chewy with a powerful finish. Tar and graphite at the end. Solid core of fruit and tannin here. One of the most structured I have had from here. Cazes family making the difference. 95-96 Points." James Suckling
£420 IB per dozen bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.