2008 chateau haut-batailley 5eme cru classe, pauillac
Why We're Buying
If grace and finesse are the trademarks of Pauillac, then the characteristics only belong to a few châteaux. Château Haut Batailley is one of them. The wine estate creates quintessential Bordeaux red blends with a femininity that's uncommon in the region.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at a vertical tasting at the chateau. The 2008 Haut Batailley is service back to normal after the rather lacklustre 2007. It has a well defined, blackberry, minerally nose that has a sense of brightness and vivacity—a vivid set of aromatics that entice you inwards. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and focused with great tension and energy. I appreciate the purity embroidered into this wine from start to finish, the manner in which it gently fans out towards the long and precise finish. Excellent for the vintage, this is probably very good value in today's market. Tasted July 2016.
Perfumed and fresh on the nose, with hints of cherry and currant. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish.