Haut-Batailley was created in 1942 when brothers François and Marcel Borie divided the fifth growth Pauillac, Château Batailley into two separate properties. François Borie—who purchased an additional 15 hectares of vines from Château Duhart-Milon in 1951—and his family continued to run the property situated at the southern end of the appellation (bordering Saint-Julien) until 2017 when the Cazes family from the nearby and highly regarded Lynch Bages purchased Haut-Batailley. Jean-Charles Cazes has wasted little time renovating the cellar and planting more Cabernet and in the first three vintages the price has remained the same while the quality continues to improve.
Pauillac - owned by Mme. des Brest-Borie. This 15 ha property produces on average 8,200 cases per year. Located in the very south of the Pauillac appellation, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by the Médoc: maritime, with the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay combining to act as a climate regulator and the coastal pine forests sheltering the vines from the westerly and north-westerly winds. 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.
This feminine-styled wine is more similar to a St.-Julien than a Pauillac. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Haut-Batailley offers up sweet aromas of black cherries, licorice, currants, and a hint of underbrush along with a silky texture. Xavier Borie has been upgrading the quality at this estate over the last several years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.89-90/100 RP Jr.
Deep colour. Intense liquorice/ cassis aromas with some herb-garden notes. The palate is dense and sweet fruited with almost creamy soft tannins which build chalky and dry at the finish. The fruit is ripe and bouyant with lovely cassis/ liquorice/ touch graphite flavours. A very successful wine. 91-93/100 AC
Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most acclaimed appellation, the only one with three Premier Cru properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour. These and other Pauillac chateaux produce robust, full-flavored and long-lived red wines made from Cabernet-based blends. Though winemaking techniques and microclimates vary throughout Pauillac, producing some variations in style, classic Pauillac wines have juicy flavours of blackcurrant and cedar, often with coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Pauillac, part of the Médoc region on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has gravelly and well-drained soils that force vines to grow long and strong roots. Struggling a bit for water, the vines produce grapes with high tannins and concentrated juices. Nearby rivers and the Atlantic Ocean modulate temperatures, preventing the grapes from ripening too quickly. Such grapes make powerful wines that may age and improve for decades. However, in Pauillac, as in other old-world wine regions, some winemakers are working to develop softer red wines that maintain the local wines’ traditional substance and flavours, but are more approachable immediately upon release.