Robert Parker 92+
The 2016 Haut Batailley has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of baked redcurrants, red plums and cassis with asphalt, fried herbs and earth. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and chewy with an earthy finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2033
Tasted blind. Sweet and toasty nose. Charming but perhaps not the earthiest/funkiest. Very much a well-groomed wine. Some vitality but not a lot of concentration.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
The 2016 Batailley just screams "Pauillac" on the nose – it could not come from anywhere else. Lovely tobacco and pencil box notes infuse the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin and a fine bead of acidity. Harmonious and less rustic than the Batailley of yesteryear, while maintaining its classic DNA. This is a superb wine from the Castèja family and should give many years of pleasure after several years in the cellar.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050