2018 Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac

A beauty from the Cazes family. Intense, silky and fine, with a beautiful texture, and amazing length and finesse. The fruit is very juicy with wild berries, and tons of definition. A spectacular Haut-Batailley: the best ever?

Critic score
92.75/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£54.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    59% Cabernet Sauvignon
    41% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%
2018 Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(92—94)/100

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.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

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, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(94—95)/100

The 2018 Haut-Batailley is a powerful, virile Pauillac. Black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and chocolate are pushed forward, with tons of Cabernet Sauvignon character in both the wine's flavor and structural profile. This is a decidedly unctuous, powerful style, and the elements still need time to fully come together, especially the oak. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(89—92)/100