Decanter 92 points - Wine Advocate 92-94 points
The Cazes family bought this estate in Spring 2017 and have been responsible for the ageing of this wine, but not its production. This wasn't released en primeur due to the timing of the sale. This is a good quality Pauillac, still very much in the primeur register but now with an appealing openness to the structure that suggests it won't take as long to come into its drinking window as some. Sweet black fruits are joined by gentle, well-worked tannins and a nice freshness. It has an enjoyable, silky texture.
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Over het wijnhuis
|Château Haut-Batailley, niet te verwarren met Château Batailley, is een 5e Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac. Het landgoed is gelegen in het uiterste zuiden van de appellatie met Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Lalande en Château Latour als beroemde buren.
|"Blended of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot aging in 60% new barriques, the 2018 Haut Batailley is very deep purple-black in color and takes some coaxing to reveal profound notes of dark chocolate, crème de cassis, blueberry pie and anise with waves of raspberry pie, lavender and Indian spices. Full, very tightly would and jam-packed with layers of crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with a mineral hint coming through." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"I can’t remember a Haut-Batailley this tannic, yet the tannins are savory and very ripe with beauty and purity. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a long and intense finish." - James Suckling
"Tasted blind. Some rather exotic spice on the nose. Rich start melds into massive tannic structure. Bodes well for the future though there is no shortage of alcohol on this wine! 14.5%. Drink 2028 – 2050" - Jancis Robinson
"The 2018 Haut-Batailley has come together well. Plump and juicy in feel, the 2018 possesses quite a bit of creaminess in its inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice and leather. The new oak is prominent at this stage. Even so, this is nicely done and promising." - Vinous
"Juicy, fresh and nicely compact, with sleek iron along the edges of a core of steeped plum and cassis fruit flavors. Subtle tugs of savory, tobacco and cedar through the finish, with a last, lingering perfumed whiff of dark tea. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2024 through 2038." - Wine Spectator
"This is a lovely wine from the second vintage under Lynch Bages’ ownership, full of power and poise and controlled precision. It has a slightly unusual blend owing to a greater proportion of Merlot than has been used in previous vintages, but it doesn't suffer in terms of concentration due to the thick skins and structure of the Merlots in 2018, and what you get instead is a creamy, velvety texture through the mid palate. It has lots of tannins but they have the enrobed quality that comes from the higher than usual alcohols, and are extremely seductive. It’s more lightly framed than the Lynch Bages, as it was in 2017, and is enjoyable. 3.61pH. 81IPT. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036" - Decanter
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