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Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac 2016 750ml
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Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac 2016

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Château Haut-Batailley has been a family affair for most the 20th century. The vineyard was created in 1942 when Château Batailley was divided into two separate properties for the two Borie brothers. François Borie kept the smaller part of the Medoc vineyard which became Haut-Batailley. Château Batailley went to his brother, Marcel Borie. François Borie was able to enlarge the size of the Haut-Batailley vineyards, due to the purchase of an additional 15 hectares of vines from Château Duhart-Milon in 1951. In 1953, after François Borie passed away, his daughter Françoise de Brest-Borie inherited Haut-Batailley. She asked her brother Jean-Eugene Borie to manage the estate for the family. Following in his father’s footsteps, his son François-Xavier Borie took charge.

Along with the help of his daughter, Emeline Borie, they continued managing the property for years. In 2006, Francois Xavier Borie began a renovation and modernization of the wine-making facilities and cellars. This allowed Château Haut-Batailley to begin doing parcel by parcel vinification. This was a huge change for the estate. To understand how important this renovation was, you have to keep in mind that there is no actual chateau at the vineyard. Until the 1970s, the wines were made at another Borie family-owned estate, the famed Château Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint Julien. Once the wines were vinified, they were moved to Haut Batailley for barrel aging.

Château Batailley was ably managed by the Francois Xavier Borie Family who also own Château Grand Puy Lacoste until 2017. Things changed at the property in 2017 when the Cazes family, of neighboring Château Lynch Bages purchased the vineyard from Françoise Des Brest. The sale caused some issues as François Xavier Borie, who had just finished making the 2016 vintage, was also interested in purchasing the vineyard. Jean Charles Cazes took control of the estate in 2017. While he’ll be responsible for selling the previous vintage, 2017 will be the first harvest the Cazes family will be completely responsible for.

The first change at the château was a facelift. The previously drab, sandy walls were painted bright pink. Now, you can see the château all the way from Saint Julien! The next step was cultivating 16 additional hectares of vines. 2 more hectares were planted in 2020. A needed renovation of the cellars is also underway. The best vintages for Chateau Haut Batailley are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2000. 

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The 2016 Haut-Batailley was tasted from two bottles, the first showing a touch of TCA. The second has an airy and well-defined bouquet of blackberry, graphite and subtle floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins and very classic in style, displaying impressive grip. I appreciate the substance toward the finish, and the pencil lead lingering on the aftertaste. This is an outstanding Haut-Batailley. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

Neal Martin, January 2020
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This estate hit a home run with their 2016 Château Haut-Batailley. This medium to full-bodied beauty oozes classic Pauillac notes of dried tobacco, new saddle leather, and earthy, spicy dark fruits. Nicely concentrated, perfectly balanced, and with building tannins, it has enough elegance and purity to offer pleasure even today, yet it's going to keep for two decades or more. It's well worth seeking out.

February 28, 2019
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The 2016 Haut Batailley has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of baked redcurrants, red plums and cassis with asphalt, fried herbs and earth. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and chewy with an earthy finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 30, 2018
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