2017 Haut Batailley
The Collective Review
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Haut Batailley sings of baked blackberries, black cherry compote and warm cassis with hints of fungi and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruit flavors and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing savory. Lisa Perroti - Brown , Robert Parker 92 Points
The 2017 Haut-Batailley is powerful, dark and racy. Dark cherry, gravel, smoke, menthol, licorice and spice all pulse with notable energy and tons of Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness. For such a big wine, Haut-Batailley has quite a bit of nuance, but it is the sense of vibrancy here that is compelling. Read more
The 2017 Haut-Batailley is powerful, dark and racy. Dark cherry, gravel, smoke, menthol, licorice and spice all pulse with notable energy and tons of Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness. For such a big wine, Haut-Batailley has quite a bit of nuance, but it is the sense of vibrancy here that is compelling.
With a good depth of color, the wine shows a nice purity of juicy cassis while a leafy olive and pepper component keeps you interested throughout this full bodied, crunchy and classic experience. The tannins are a bit uncompromising right now but give the wine time, and it will prove to be worth the wait. This is the debut vintage from the new owners, the Cazes family. The bottle was also sport a new, updated label design.
A true gem in the vintage, and from an estate on the uptick, the 2017 Château Haut Batailley checks in as 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak. It’s a big, medium to full-bodied, yet perfectly balanced 2017 that has loads of dark berry fruits, violets, leafy herbs and damp rock-like aromas and flavors. It has a touch of oak to integrate, building tannin, and a great finish, all pointing to a rockstar 2017 that will need short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. Bravo!
Lovely perfumes and currants with graphite and light herbs. Medium to full body. Creamy tannins. Soft and elegant and creamy at the end. Finesse. A blend of 66% cabernet sauvignon and 34% merlot. Drink in 2022.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Haut Batailley sings of baked blackberries, black cherry compote and warm cassis with hints of fungi and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruit flavors and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing savory. Drinking Window : 2021 - 2037
The first year under the Cazes family, and we can expect big changes over the next few years with an extensive replanting programme planned. But for now, let's look at 2017, where production has been split 33% second wine and 66% grand vin, with no frost to hamper them. It's rich and deep, with a sense of forward motion and flexible tannins pushing the cassis fruit from start to finish, joined by focussed and lively brambled fruits and gentle cedar smoking. The austerity is clear, and it's a little lighter-framed than the Lynch Bages, and very different in personality, but it has real promise and I like it enormously. Expect a new label with the Tour d'Aspic tower and the JM Cazes family name. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2036
The bitter plum, dark cherry and red currant fruit flavors are well-melded, carried by a racy iron streak through a finish gilded with floral and sanguine notes. Fresh and defined from start to finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2038. — JM
The 2017 Haut Batailley, which is matured in 60% new oak for 18 months, is clearly more sophisticated than the second wine, polished by the oak of course but underneath its intense blackberry and boysenberry fruit, quite floral with touches of violet and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, well-integrated oak and very smooth polished finish that glides across the mouth. There is fine precision on the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
- Producer: Chateau Haut-Batailley
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
- Region: Bordeaux
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2017
Style GuideLight Intense
Vibrant nose of fresh dark berry fruit with touches of dark chocolate dust. Enjoyable succulence and sweetness on the palate, with a harmonious freshness. Decanter 92 Points
AN EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARD Château Haut-Batailley, symbolised by the Tour l’Aspic tower, marks the entrance into the Pauillac vineyard. Located to the south-west of the appellation, bordering the Saint-Julien AOC, its vines stretch over 22 hectares of deep Garonne gravel soils. The Cazes family, who also ownns Lynch Bages and Ormes de Pez, acquired the property in March 2017 and has high ambitions for the estate. The property extends over 22 hectares of vineyard spread over the Aspic and the Bécades plateaux, between Haut-Batailley and Pauillac, near the Gironde estuary. Its planted grape varieties, quite typical of the Pauillac appellation, include 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. The average vine age is 45 years and planting density is 10,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard has been perfectly maintained and monitored. Replacement vines have regularly been planted when needed. Château Haut-Batailley also has 19 hectares of non-planted AOC Pauillac land that has been resting for several years. The land to be planted is situated on the Aspic plateau, the so-called “Batailley” plateau and the Bécades plateau. THE VINTAGE 2017 Château Haut-Batailley 2017 offers an elegant structure and beautiful density. It has a frank and enveloping attack, a precise mouth, and is well-balanced with silky tannins and a beautiful length. Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot. Ageing: 18 months in French oak barrels (60% new wood). For this first vintage, Château Haut-Batailley is unveiling a new label...
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