2011 Haut Batailley Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • JS 92
  • WS 91

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JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
A wine with extremely integrated fruit-tannin balance, with berry, currant and mineral character. It’s so polished and pretty. Full body, juicy fruit and a fresh finish. Needs five to six years of age to soften.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Solid plum and cherry pie flavors with nicely integrated toasted vanilla and a lightly pebbly edge on the finish.-J.M.
JJB 91
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, April 2012
Planted to 65% cabernet sauvignon 25% merlot and 10% cabernet franc on 22 hectares of gravelly soil adjacent to Haut-Batailley owned by Xavier Borie of Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Generally aged in 55% new French oak. Deep ruby... Planted to 65% cabernet sauvignon 25% merlot and 10% cabernet franc on 22 hectares of gravelly soil adjacent to Haut-Batailley owned by Xavier Borie of Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Generally aged in 55% new French oak. Deep ruby with a nose of black cherry cassis raspberry and a slight hint of oak. Medium to full-bodied this wine offers a spicy profile with a medium-plus finish. Nicely textured with balanced acidity. Enjoy 2015-2025.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2011

Label

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.

Winery

Haut Batailley

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.