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2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley

By Chateau Haut-Batailley

The 2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Embarking upon the dynamic narrative of the 2007 vintage, one discovers a year that defied early skepticism through admirable resilience and meticulous vinification. The 2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley embodies this vintage’s narrative, offering a splendid foray into Bordeaux’s steadfast ability to surprise and enchant.

 

2007: A Study in Tenacity and Skill

The season’s somewhat mercurial climate posed daunting challenges, yet the savoir-faire of Pauillac's vintners coaxed forth wines of charm and complexity. The 2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley is one such testament to this ethos, presenting a poised balance between vitality and maturing grace. Time has imbued the bouquet with a layered mélange of cedar wood nuances and softening leather whispers, enlaced with the subtle vestiges of dark fruits characteristic of the region's heralded terroir.

 

A Connoisseur’s Delight

On the palate, investors will find a wine that yields nuanced proclamations. It eschews the muscularity of some peers for an elegant finesse - a telling hallmark of the estate. Tannins have evolved beautifully, now svelte and inviting, integrating seamlessly with a refined structure that harks back to old-world Bordeaux's stylistic idiom.

The 2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley by Chateau Haut-Batailley remains an astute addition to any fine wine portfolio, not just for its drinking pleasure but also as an exemplar of turning climatic adversity into a prized liquid narrative. Investors should note how its graceful aging potential merits attention, promising continued evolution for those with patience to allow it further cellar slumber.

As years progress, I find that the 2007 vintage across Bordeaux—and notably at Chateau Haut-Batailley—has pleasantly confounded initial prognoses. It stands as a celebration of winemaking tenacity and an evocative iteration from Pauillac that speaks volumes to both the palate and one's investment intuition. Such is the character of the 2007 Chateau Haut-Batailley; it writes its own chapter in the annals of Pauillac’s vinous library.

Market price (CAD)

$880.00

12x75cl

Highest score

89

POP score

58.89

Scores and tasting notes

89

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Haut Batailley actually had a very similar bouquet to the Batailley, though there is more red fruit here with a subtle scent of Tuscan delicatessen emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a pleasant chewiness on the entry, solid and armed with commendable presence, even with some sinew on the finish. Sure, it is a bit rough around the edges, though it is probably the best example of this particular wine that I have tasted. Tasted February 2017.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

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