Château Haut-Batailley 2021
• Domaine: Château Haut Batailley
• Appellation: Pauillac
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Batailley is a Fifth Growth located in Pauillac. In 2017, Château Haut-Batailley was acquired by the legendary Cazes family, owners of the ubiquitous and second-to-none estate, Château Lynch Bages. Before Château Haut-Batailley was acquired by the Cazes family it was skillfully managed by Francois Borie of the Borie family, famous owners of the “Super Second,” jewel of Saint Julien, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Quality has been steadily on the rise since the mid 2000s and scores typically hover in the low 90s. Yet despite the accolades, pricing for this Pauillac gem remains some of the most affordable within the expensively priced Pauillac appellation. For wine connoisseurs who search for excellent producers that overdeliver in terms of value, look no further than Château Haut-Batailley.
It would be impossible to discuss the history of this estate without touching on the story of the mother domain, Château Batailley. Château Batailley was one of the older properties in the Médoc and a working winery in the 1400s. The potential of the heavily graveled, sandy soil over clay terroir was readily apparent to the early vignerons during the Middle Ages. It received its name from a legendary battle during the Hundred Year’s War that took place upon the grounds, when the French managed to reclaim one of the neighboring estates, the famous First Growth Château Latour. Château Batailley was aptly named after the battle that took place there and functioned as a working winery for centuries until eventually being ranked as a Fifth Growth property during the 1855 Classification. It wasn’t until the 20th Century when Francois Xavier Borie, the owner of the famous Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, acquired the estate and portioned off a smaller section of Château Batailley, thus creating Château Haut-Batailley.
Château Haut-Batailley is very much a family run business, and still is despite the fact that it was recently acquired by the Cazes family. The Cazes family has implemented a series of changes to the property and started by painting Château Haut-Batailley a rather shocking shade of bright, candy-colored pink. In addition to giving the property a much-needed facelift, the Cazes family also cultivated an additional 18 hectares of vines as of 2020. The Cazes family is adding more plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon to their other plantings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
The wines at Château Haut-Batailley are stylistically very traditional examples of classic Pauillac terroir. Vinification is typically done in stainless steel tanks and the process of malolactic fermentation occurs in the stainless steel. During malolactic fermentation, the tart malic acid of the grape skins is converted to softer, more velvety lactic acid, giving these wines a velvety smoothness and supple luxurious drinkability. The wines at Château Haut-Batailley share the versatility of the grand vin from Château Batailley in the sense that they age well yet are able to be enjoyed on the younger side with a few hours of decanting. They also pair beautifully with Asian cuisine due to the spiciness that is signature to the terroir of the Batailley estate.
"This is setting out a serious stall, with depth through the palate and a sense of lively momentum. Cabernet dominant, with savoury fruits that are just a little short on the finish, rose stems, raspberry leaf, whispers of violet and peony and a ton of slate and pencil lead giving the Pauillac character. 70% new oak. 40ha now in total, after extra planting of the vineyard." - Jane Anson, (4/7/2022) Rating: 91, Drink: 2024-2038
"The 2021 Haut-Batailley is a few steps up from the second wine. Dark and ample in feel, with broad shoulders, the Grand Vin possesses notable depth and intensity right out of the gate. Black cherry, plum, licorice, spice and leather race across the palate. Readers will find a Pauillac of power and depth that are typical of the southern part of the appellation." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (5/2022) Rating: 93-95
"The 2021 Haut-Batailley is matured in 70% new oak for a planned 16 months. There is a large gap between this and the Verso, this Grand Vin displaying far more delineation and complexity, furnished with quite disarming estuarine-tinged black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a little chewiness on the entry, certainly one of the more saline Pauillac wines that I have encountered, and a structured, classically styled finish. For Bordeaux lovers looking for old-school claret. (13.12% alcohol) - Neal Martin, Vinous (5/2022) Rating: 90-92
"The 2021 Haut-Batailley is a charming, medium to full-bodied, fleshy wine evocative of cassis, sweet berries, pipe tobacco and pencil shavings. Supple and succulent, with an ample core of fruit and ripe, powdery tannins, it will likely take on additional depth with further élevage. Significant replanting of fallow parcels is underway at this Pauillac estate, but those vines are currently relegated to the second wine, the Verso of Haut-Batailley." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate Rating: 90-93
"Haut-Batailley 2021充分展现了传统波亚克所拥有的辛香气息，你甚至不用摇酒杯就可以闻到丰富的甘草、胡椒、花椒甚至丝丝十三香的气息（70%赤霞珠）。和过往年份中强劲的单宁大为不同，2021年份的口感更加松软多汁，是一款相对容易解读的传统风格波亚克作品。" - Alexandre Ma
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