From: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot
Tasting Notes: A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, the Haut-Batailley has a leathery, earthy bouquet with a pleasant herbaceous edge, a hint of small dark cherries developing with aeration. The 2011 Haut Batailley has an open and expressive bouquet with blackberry and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and satisfying fruit concentration. This is a more elegant Haut-Batailley, without the weight and concentration of the previous two vintages, but offering finesse and composure on the finish.
Pairing: Chateau Haut Batailley is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Haut Batailley is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta. 92 Points -James Suckling
Château Haut-Batailley is a wine estate in the Pauillac appellation in the Médoc area, north of Bordeaux city and on the left bank of the Garonne estuary. It is one of 18 estates with the status of Fifth Growth, awarded from the 1855 classification of Bordeaux.
The château building, which is constructed in an almost rustic, Basque style, sits at the southwestern end of the appellation area, roughly two kilometers (1.2 miles) or so due west of Château Latour and Château Pichon Longueville-Baron. The estate was once a part of the larger, neighboring, Château Batailley which sits just to the north of Haut-Batailley.
Batailley was bought in 1932 by the brothers François and Marcel Borie, who divided it in two in 1942 to avoid conflict in inheritance. François took the smaller property that did not include the physical château and named the estate Haut-Batailley. He increased the size of the estate by buying vineyards, including purchases of plots in 1951 from the Fourth Growth Château Duhart-Milon.
Château Haut-Batailley is now 22 hectares (55 acres) planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon as is typical of Left Bank Bordeaux. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are blended in the final cuvée but planted in smaller parcels.
The grand vin is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux red blend, with a production close to 10,000 cases annually.
The second wine is the Tour l'Aspic, named for the white tower in the vineyards on the property, constructed by the Averous sisters (whose family originally held the property in the 19th Century). The tower is also depicted on the label and La Tour l'Aspic has a production of roughly 1700 cases.
The Borie family also owns the Second Growth Château Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien, and the Fifth Growth Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, also in Pauillac.
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