The 2019 Batailley is powerful and brooding in the glass. Dark fruit, leather, smoke, tobacco, cedar, game and grilled herbs add to an impression of virile intensity. It would be nice to see a bit more finesse.
Robert Parker 93
A fine effort from this cru classe located between Lynch-Bages, Forts de Latour and Pichon Lalande, the 2019 Haut-Batailley offers up aromas of minty berries, loamy soil, violets, cedar and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, succulent palate with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and powdery structuring tannins. This is the second vintage produced by the Cazes family since their acquisition of the chateau in 2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Black core, crimson rim. Smells sweeter than the Armailhac. Riper, dark plum verging on prune but not overripe on the palate. Pretty firm tannins giving a more savoury aspect to that ripe fruit. Chewy, savoury, rocky aftertaste. Such a baby and so firmly structured. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2045