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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Haut Batailley

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pauillac

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Haut Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2020

6x75cl £235.00

5 cases Equiv. £39.17 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

The third full vintage made under Cazes ownership, and it is beginning to find its new identity. There’s noticeably more density compared with Haut Batailleys of old, but with no less charm. Expressive and quite lavish on the nose, there is a mass of sweetly spiced plums and dark cassis infused with minerals. The palate is pure cashmere. There’s a real sense of luxury to the finely poised fruit and tannic structure – intense, bright and very pleasing. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.

"The 2020 Haut-Batailley was opened for a good hour before I commenced penning my note. This will be matured for 14 months in 60% new oak. It gently unfolds in the glass to reveal blackberry, faint sea spray scents (a whiff of the old Gironde estuary) and just a touch of crushed stone. This is well defined though not powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins on the entry that frame the bright blackberry and raspberry fruit. This Pauillac conveys superb energy, especially toward the Japanese nori-infused finish, awakening and revivifying the senses. It is a classically sculpted and very harmonious Haut-Batailley that will give 25–30 years of drinking pleasure, but should be cellared for 5–6 years. Drink from 2028 to 2048". 92-94/100 - Neal Martin, Vinous

"Clear salinity and the fennel aniseed touch that I get in Verso de Haut-Batailley also. Gorgeous texture here, this has real balance and a sense of careful walking through the palate, a juice and a tension, with a saline kick. An enjoyably sleek wine, not as powerful as the Lynch Bages, and not intended to be either. Some chocolate notes as it opens, but this has an elegance to it that almost makes it more of a St-Julien, certainly not the powerhouse Pauillac that you get in Lynch Bages. Harvest from September 14 to 29. 3.85pH, 60% new oak, for 14 months. The Cazes family has almost doubled the size of the vineyard since taking over, up to 39ha. Drink 2024 - 2037." 93/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot aging in French oak barriques, 60% new, the 2020 Haut-Batailley weighs in with 13.6% alcohol, a pH of 3.85 and an IPT of 81. Deep purple-black in color, it opens with seducing, beautifully pure notes of blackcurrant jelly, juicy blackberries and warm plums, plus hints of chocolate mint, lilacs and forest floor with a touch of ground cloves. The refreshing, medium-bodied palate gives a great burst of crunchy black berries, framed by finely grained tannins, finishing with a minty lift. Drink 2025 - 2042". 92-94/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate

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