In the spring of 2017, the Cazes family of Ch. Lynch-Bages, acquired the Château Haut-Batailley estate from the Brest-Borie family, who had owned it since the 1930s. The fifth-growth property has approximately 22 hectares of vines, which are – on average – 35 years old. Located in the very south of the Pauillac appellation, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by the Médoc: maritime, with the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay combining to act as a climate regulator and the coastal pine forests sheltering the vines from the westerly and north-westerly winds. Its near neighbours include Ch. Lynch-Bages, Ch. Pichon Lalande and Ch. Latour.
In recent years Haut-Batailley, under the ownership of Francois-Xavier Borie, has been a regular value-buy of the vintage. 2010 has a charming attack of fruit within a beautiful structure of tannins with lovely freshness. Its purity comes through and, whilst classic, it is very attractive. This is one for the drinker’s cellar.