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.
93 James Suckling
Currants and blackberries, with hints of sliced Shitake mushrooms on the nose. Full body, with a solid core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Balanced and juicy. Try in 2018.
92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at a vertical tasting at the chateau. The 2009 Haut Batailley has a much tighter and less expressive bouquet than many 2009s at the moment (in fact, you might think this was a 2010 if served blind!). Fortunately it only takes a few swirls to reveal some gorgeous minerally blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more structured 2009 Pauillac than others, yet beautifully balanced and with plenty of fruit towards the precise finish. This feels like a very polished Haut-Batailley not in the winery, rather by nature. Tasted July 2016.
90 Wine Spectator
A taut, sinewy style, with lots of roasted cedar, espresso and steeped black currant notes. Stays tangy through the finish, with an iron edge hanging on. There's enough purity and length to wait this out for a bit. Best from 2014 through 2024.
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