This is Xavier Borie’s “other wine”. It shares the class of GPL, but has an altogether different character. The nose is similarly quite dumb to begin with, opening nicely in the glass, but the fruit character is beguiling: so pure and clear, it almost tastes transparent. The tannins are silky, the fruit rich and fresh - “our Cabernets were very ripe” – with lengthy cassis on the palate, very classic. Half of the vineyard (about 10ha) lies at the southernmost edge of Pauillac, across from St Julien, where we found the wines to be most classic in spite of the heat of 2003. This is lovely wine, and very affordable. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, cropped at 38hl/ha.
Haut-Batailley is a 5ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pauillac.
The great vineyard of Batailley was acquired in the 30’s by the Borie Family and was split in the 40’s as follow: Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut-Batailley. Both of these vineyards in Pauillac were included in the 1855 Medoc Classification.
The particularity of its Terroir is from its location in the south of Pauillac, bordering the Saint Julien Appellation. We can feel the influence of this neighborhood, which gives grace, charm, and delicacy, synonymous of feminity unusual in Pauillac wines. This harmonious complexity gives a beautiful character and lot of personality to the wine.
Today, in order to improve the quality of the vinification and ageing of the wine, the Borie Family got involved in a large program of investment with the construction of a new cellar, a new vat room and a general renovation of the old buildings. These achievements enable to improve the techniques for producing great wines, in the same way as the other ones managed by François-Xavier Borie.
The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.