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2019 Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac

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.

 

Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac

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Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac

Château Haut-Batailley is a Cinquièmes Cru Classé in Pauillac, owned since 2017 by the Cazes family, who also own Lynch-Bages.  Originally part of the Batailley estate, it became a separate property in the 1940s, under the ownership of the Borie family. 

The 41-hectare vineyard is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 35 Cabernet Franc.  19 hectares of this have recently been added by the Cazes family and come on stream over the next few years, as new plantings mature. 

The estate is split in two parts, with part of the vineyard close to Latour and another parcel on the Bages plateau, close to Lynch-Bages.  The style here has historically tended toward elegance, but recent vintages have shown more concentration and power.

 

RED 2019 Château Haut Batailley 75cl £420 per case of 12 Château Haut Batailley
2019 / / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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" jamessuckling.com

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