Château Haut-Batailley, 5ème Grand Cru, 2011, Bordeaux
More pedigree than the Queen's Corgis. Château Haut-Batailley was recognised as a quality wine producer way back in 1855, as part of a Bordeaux classification system initiated by none other than Napoleon. This outstanding wine brings all that history and experience to life, with richness of fruit and a lovely rounded texture.
About this wine
Wines from the Pauillac region of Bordeaux are traditionally a blend of majority Cabernet Sauvignon, alongside Merlot. This wine is no exception, with the Cabernet bringing structure, body, and power, and the Merlot bringing the ripe fruit flavours and a lovely plump texture. Chateau Haut-Batailley themselves say that this is a more delicate, elegant wine than normally found in Pauillac, as the vineyards are located adjacent to the Saint Julien appellation, which historically produces wines which are less powerful.
This wine is a black tie dinner and you're most certainly on the guest list. Whilst it's a wine to impress, it's still really approachable and not one of those wines you need a knife and fork to chew. Sure, there's a toned body from the Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Merlot in the blend is all plushness and ripe fruits. The wine has also been aged in oak, which brings a lovely round texture and some sweet spices to the party. It's spent a few years in the bottle which has mellowed and smoothed the wine, and given it time to let the flavours harmonise.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Batailley was originally part of the same estate as Château Batailley, but in the 1940's Château Batailley was split in two between the Borie brothers. Château Haut-Batailley was kept in the family until 2017, when the Cazes family of Ch. Lynch-Bages, acquired the estate. Despite the split into two Châteaus, Haut-Batailley is still part of the historic 1855 Bordeaux Classification as a fifth growth property. There is a lot of literature on the subject if you feel like swotting up!
Pauillac is located between Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien in Bordeaux's Médoc area, and is home to some of the world's most famous and expensive red wines. They're made predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety, which is well suited to the free-draining gravel soils found in Pauillac's vineyards.