2009 Haut Batailley Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 95 VN 94 JS 93 NM 92 WA 92
DC 95


Individual judge’s scores: SB 19 AG 19 SS 18.5 Owned by the Borie family, this is the sister château of the better known, more highly regarded Grand-Puy-Lacoste (see left). It generally has less structure than the latter...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2019

The 2009 Haut-Batailley is statesmanlike and beautifully defined on the nose with mineral-rich black fruit, Cuban cigar and mint aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2012

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.
NM 92

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. Just like its older brother Grand Puy Lacoste, this was initially very difficult to assess and seemed to close up. It was only returning after ten minutes in the glass that it...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2017

Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château. 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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Chateau Haut-Batailley is a Left Bank Bordeaux wine property that was originally part of Chateau Batailley, a Fifth Growth in the 1855 Classification. Jointly owned by Francis and Marcel Borie, they divided the estate between them in 1942.

Marcel took the Batailley half, including the chateau. The smaller part went to Francis who purchased additional vineyard land from Chateau Duhart-Milon to increase the size of his Haut Batailley vineyards. Now managed by Francois-Xavier Borie, Chateau Haut-Batailley is part of the Borie family of estates that includes Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou and Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

The 22 hectares of Chateau Haut-Batailley are on a gently sloping outcrop at the southern edge of Pauillac. They are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc on exceptional soils of deep gravel and alluvial stones. This ensures excellent drainage of rainwater and encourages deep roots. The average age of the vines is 35 years old.

In 2005, Francois-Xavier Borie began a major program of construction, building a modern vat house, new harvest facilities and a bottling room, all in harmony with the pre-existing decor.

Chateau Haut-Batailley is a Bordeaux blend dominated by a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted both before and after de-stemming.

Prior to fermentation, the grapes undergo a long, cool maceration of three weeks. When fermentation is complete, the wines age from 16 to 18 month in French oak barrels, 60% of which are new.

The 2009 Haut Batailley is a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pauillac region of Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and elegant appearance, this wine is a true representation of the classic Bordeaux style. The nose of this wine is complex and inviting, with notes of currants, blackberries, and a hint of sliced Shitake mushrooms. It is a wine that captivates the senses from the very first sniff.

On the palate, the 2009 Haut Batailley showcases a solid core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. The balance and juiciness of this wine make it a delight to drink. It has a medium body and a smooth texture that glides effortlessly across the palate. The flavors are rich and concentrated, with layers of blackberry, boysenberry, graphite, and sous-bois. The finish is upstanding and mineral-rich, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 93 points. He suggests enjoying this wine in 2018, allowing it to fully develop and showcase its potential. Another esteemed critic, John Sweeney, bestowed a score of 94 points upon this wine, praising its opulence and tremendous texture. He notes the presence of fresh roasted coffee, black pepper, and vanilla on the nose.

Neal Martin's Wine Journal gave this wine a score of 92 points. He describes it as having a classic Pauillac nose with blackberry, boysenberry, graphite, and sous-bois. He also mentions the firm tannins, good acidity, and mineral-rich finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine 92 points as well, highlighting its tight bouquet and structured nature.

Vinous, another reputable publication, also gave this wine 94 points. They describe it as statesmanlike and beautifully defined, with mineral-rich black fruit, Cuban cigar, and mint aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a grippy, saline, mineral-driven finish. Finally, Decanter magazine awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. They note that the quality and consistency of Haut Batailley has seen a significant improvement in recent years.

Overall, the 2009 Haut Batailley is a remarkable wine that showcases the best of Pauillac. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further aging. With its complex aromas, balanced structure, and impressive reviews, it is a wine that will surely impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts.