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2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley

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2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The vintage of 2001 in Bordeaux has often been overshadowed by the heralded 2000 millésime. However, those inclined towards the finesse and structured evolution of Bordeaux wines, recognize a sleeping giant in the form of the 2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley. As an underdog of sorts, this particular vintage quietly asserts its supremacy over its bolder predecessor with remarkable grace and complexity.


Nuances of the Noble Terroir

Chateau Haut-Batailley, positioned meticulously in the esteemed Pauillac appellation, is no stranger to crafting wines that reflect their noble terroir. The 2001 vintage reveals the quintessential Pauillac characteristics: It offers a mesmeric convergence of ripe blackcurrant and cassis notes intermingled with touches of cigar box and vibrant minerality, elevated by judicious oak usage that has softened beautifully over time.


An Investment-Worthy Vintage

From an investment perspective, the 2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley possesses an alluring proposition: it is a vintage with tremendous ageing potential that has yet transcended to its plateau of maturity, promising further intricacies as it continues to unfurl in the bottle. Its tannins have mellowed but hold enough firmness to suggest that this wine can be savoured or held as an asset for years to come. The climate conditions of 2001 provided a slightly cooler growing season which, in Pauillac, worked to this wine's advantage by preserving acidity and prolonging the ripening period—culminating in an elegant and balanced profile.

The charming paradox of the 2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley lies in its ability to remain discreet in flamboyance while being vocal in quality—a testament to a vintage that is gaining recognition among aficionados and investors alike as one to watch closely.

In summary, for those curating collections with foresight or considering diversifying their portfolios with fine wines that articulate their regions with conviction, the 2001 Chateau Haut-Batailley should not be overlooked. It patiently waits to captivate palates with its sophisticated narrative woven from one of Bordeaux's most venerable terroirs.

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An elegant, easy-going effort, the 2001 Haut-Batailley appears to have more in common with a southern Medoc than most Pauillacs. A deep ruby color and aromas of caramels, black currants, herbs, and oak are followed by a light to medium-bodied, friendly, easy quaffing red to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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