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.