2018 Haut Batailley Verso

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 92 JD 92 DC 90 VN 90
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, April 2019

(91-92 points) Some dark-berry and mineral character with stones as well. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Shows structure and style. Second wine of Haut-Batailley.
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

First created in 2017, the Château Haut-Batailley Verso is the new second wine of this estate, which is now run by the talented team at Lynch-Bages. The 2018 Château Haut-Batailley Verso has a complex, nuanced...
DC 90

Decanter, November 2020

A little austere and closed right now, not giving much, but there are plenty of firm tannins and well-defined blackberry fruits, held in place by a tannic frame that has Pauillac character. Feels subdued but with...
VN 90

Vinous, March 2021

The 2018 Verso is laced with copious blue/black fruits, spice, new leather, smoke and lavender. Élevage has softened some of the angular contours that were present en primeur. Overall, though, Verso remains a bit on the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
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.

The 2018 Haut Batailley Verso is a captivating Bordeaux Blend that hails from the esteemed region of Pauillac in Bordeaux, France. This red wine exudes elegance and finesse, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of the renowned producer, Haut Batailley.

In the glass, the wine reveals a deep and alluring red color, hinting at its depth and intensity. The nose is initially a little austere and closed, but with time, it unfurls to offer a symphony of aromas. Notes of well-defined blackberry fruits take center stage, enveloped by a tannic frame that bears the unmistakable character of Pauillac. The bouquet is further enhanced by hints of tobacco, lead pencil, and earthy nuances, adding layers of complexity to the wine.

On the palate, the 2018 Haut Batailley Verso demonstrates a harmonious balance between fruit and structure. Medium-bodied, it caresses the palate with firm yet silky tannins, creating a velvety texture that is both luxurious and refined. The dark berry flavors persist, accompanied by mineral undertones and a touch of stones, adding a distinctive sense of place to the wine. The finish is fresh and clean, leaving a lasting impression.

Critics have praised this wine for its potential and approachability. Decanter awarded it a score of 90 points, noting its firm tannins and subdued yet promising nature. Jeb Dunnuck bestowed a score of 92 points, describing it as gorgeously fruited, succulent, and seamless, with the ability to age gracefully for two decades or more. James Suckling also awarded it 92 points, highlighting its structure, style, and clean finish. Vinous, with a score of 90 points, recognized the copious blue/black fruits, spice, and smoky elements, suggesting it be enjoyed within the next ten years.

The 2018 Haut Batailley Verso is a wine of exceptional quality, showcasing the essence of Pauillac and the artistry of Haut Batailley. It is a wine that will undoubtedly captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression on all who have the pleasure of experiencing it.