2017 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.
A little closed on the nose still, but there is excellent quality damson and cassis fruit hidden in there. Grilled caramel notes, subdued for now alongside black chocolate and liquorice which are knitted together. The vintage comes through in a slightly soft finish, but this has charm, confidence and poise.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
The 2017 Chateau Haut-Batailley checks in as 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot, aged in 60% new barrels. This smoking wine has loads of blackcurrant, black cherry, unsmoked tobacco, new leather, and spice-driven aromas, with just a hint of chocolatey oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, with beautiful elegance, it shows the classic style of the vintage and will evolve for 20-25 years. Rating: 93+
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.