Chateau Haut Batailley Pauillac 5eme Cru Classe 2015
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PRODUCER: The history of Château Haut Batailley joined that of the Borie family in 1930, when it acquired the domain of Batailley. However, it was not until 1940 that the vineyard was split in two and the Batailley and Haut Batailley Castles were born. It is then François-Xavier Borie who exploited the property in renting until 2017. In March of this year, the Cazes family, owner of Château Lynch-Bages, acquires Château Haut Batailley, Grand Cru Classé 1855 in Pauillac, near the Des Brest – Borie family. A transmission between two families firmly rooted in the Medocan and Pauillac landscape for several generations.
WINEMAKING: The specificity of this Château’s terroir lies in its location. Even if the property is on the Pauillac appellation, it is at the limit of the Saint Julien appellation, which brings a certain femininity, a rare quality for a Pauillac. The vineyard area in production is 22 hectares and the grape variety is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines is 35 years old. The tillage is exclusively mechanical with the plowing, the grape harvest is exclusively manual. A double sort is organized on vibrating table before and after destacking. The juice undergoes a long maceration for about 3 weeks. In order to improve the quality of winemaking and preservation, an extensive investment program was carried out with the construction of a new winery.
TASTING: The wine has a deep ruby colour with great brilliance. The nose is an intense expression of black fruit characteristic of perfect cabernet ripeness, yet a certain freshness is present. The palate is seductive with perfectly ripe tannins amplifying the persistence and the balance of the fruit. The overall impression is of a wine of charm and elegance. This vintage the wine is complex and harmonious, an Haut Batailley of great class and finesse.