Decanter: Good depth of Cabernet fruit with lots of finesse and proper grip. As always, a beautifully textured wine that will open up very well and also last. 91 Points
Wine Spectator - "This has a rather streamlined feel, with notes of red currant preserves, violet and iron all in lock step from start to finish. Shows nice purity. Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points"
The vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 65%; Merlot 25%; Cabernet Franc 10%) lie on deep gravel beds over limestone. Vinification includes up to 20 months' wood ageing, 40% new. It is classified as a 5ème cru classé.
A curious name, Batailley! According to local history, the land belonging to this Bordeaux Great Growth was a battle site for the English and French armies during the Hundred Years' War.
Purchased by the Bories in the 1930s, Chateau Haut-Batailley was formerly owned by the Halphens, a family of Parisian bankers.
Chateau Haut-Batailley's reputation is much older still: Chateau Batailley's nobility dates back to 1855 when it was listed as a Bordeaux Great Classed Growth in the 1855 Classification for the Paris Universal Exposition, created on orders of Emperor Napoleon III