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2003 Chateau Haut-Batailley

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2003 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Delving into the esteemed left-bank climes of Bordeaux, one casts mindful appreciation to the 2003 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley. A year renowned for its scorching summer, it was a vintage that challenged vignerons throughout Pauillac, testing their capacity to harness such potent environmental fervour.


The Quintessence of Pauillac in 2003

The 2003 growing season carved its narrative through exteme heat, potentially imperilling the grapes with over-ripening; yet, where maestro winemakers played their hand with elan, the result was a symphony of power and elegance. The 2003 Chateau Haut-Batailley is a paragon amongst these, with the Bordeaux hot-summer hallmark wrapped elegantly in its profile.

Beyond the intensity of the sun's impinging rays lay the innate resilience of Pauillac terroir - this legendary commune's sizeable sub-soils accommodating vine-roots plunging deeply for hydration. Consequently, one experiences the fruit concentration without compromising the archetypal structure and poise synonymous with Chateau Haut-Batailley.


A Vintage Wrestled into Elegance

On the palate, the 2003 vintage proffers robust cassis and blackberry compôte swathed in smoky oak nuances and an intriguing tapestry of cedar and tobacco. Such dexterity was not universally achieved in this challenging year; it speaks to the expertise cultivated at this estate. Tannins - once unyielding in their youth - have found harmony with time, now framing the opulent fruit with mature grace.

Fine wine investors discerning of vintage anomalies will no doubt recognize this wine as a splendid encapsulation of heroic viticulture: a confluence of determination, terroir, and climatic caprice. As for cellaring potential, rest assured that this perceptive investments still offers complexity to unfold.

In conclusion, the distinct attributes resonant within this sophisticated libation bear witness to a triumph over nature's rigours by Chateau Haut-Batailley. It is a prime exemplar from a year that truly tested the mettle of Pauillac's esteemed winemakers. For those who seek to diversify their oenophilic portfolio or simply wish to indulge in a prodigious example of Bordeaux's winemaking prowess, the 2003 Chateau Haut-Batailley is undeniably noteworthy.

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Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château.The 2003 Haut Batailley has a pleasant nose of black fruit and warm gravel, just a hint of licorice in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple, gamey entry. There is an animally aspect to this mature Haut-Batailley which is approachable and charming. It does reflect the vintage more than the terroir but it is still perfectly enjoyable with a lovely savory finish. Drink now and over several years. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

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