Bordeaux 2017 - Haut Batailley

Bordeaux 2017 - Haut Batailley
Xavier Borie has faithfully tended his Aunt’s property, Haut Batailley for many years, producing elegant and stylish wines. If there was one criticism it was perhaps a slight lack of ambition – one felt that most of his energy was spent improving the wonderful Grand Puy Lacoste. Now that the estate has been purchased by the Cazes family (of Lynch Bages and Les Ormes de Pez), one feels that Haut Batailley is about to receive the investment it requires to achieve its full potential.

A beaming Jean-Charles told us in January about his latest acquisition, and the extraordinary surprise that close to 20 hectares of AOC Pauillac weren’t even planted with vines. This is a unique opportunity for the Cazes team to transform a cherished brand into a leading classified growth.

2017 is the first vintage produced under the new regime. It is very much a work in progress, and represents a subtle change in style, but still retains some of the florality and elegance we’ve come to expect from this terroir. Aside from the enormous planting program, there is a very smart new label and quite significantly the creation of a second wine. Greater selection will invariably improve the quality of Haut Batailley and with all the other investments and technological changes, we expect a bright outlook for this property.

'This is very structured and serious. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful. Boom. This is one of the best Haut-Batailleys in years. From the new owners, who also own Lynch-Bages. 94-95/100’ – James Suckling