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2010 Chateau Haut-Batailley

By Chateau Haut-Batailley

2010 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The esteemed 2010 vintage from Chateau Haut-Batailley encapsulates the quintessence of a stellar Pauillac year. The provenance of this remarkable wine is as impressive as its sensory delights, with the estate meticulously crafting a bottle that speaks volumes of its origins.

 

An Exemplar of Pauillac's Prestige

In analyzing the 2010 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, one finds a luxurious blend that has benefited significantly from the climatic gifts of the season. The year was marked by an optimal combination of warm days and cool nights, contributing to a robust tannic structure balanced by an alluring freshness in the glass. This dichotomy is seldom achieved with such aplomb but stands as a hallmark of this particular iteration.

 

A Vintage That Commands Attention

Upon indulgence, the 2010 edition teases the palate with a melody of dark fruits – ripe blackberries and plums – graced by an undercurrent of savoury spices and subtle oak nuances. The texture is silk woven into liquid form; tannins that were once tightly coiled have relaxed into an elegant embrace that suggests not only readiness but promise for years to come.

The finish lingers, reverberating with the complexity and depth one anticipates from a wine investment like this. Those fortunate enough to uncork this bottle will appreciate not just a wine but a storied piece of 2010 – an undeniably great vintage in Pauillac, and indeed, Bordeaux itself.

 

Investment Merit Worthy of Your Cellar

As one considers investment-worthy wines, the 2010 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley stands out as an asset with significant maturation potential. With each swirl and sniff, this wine's pedigree becomes unequivocally apparent, making it a distinguished addition to any discerning investor's portfolio.

In sum, the esteemed character and evolving finesse captured within each bottle of 2010 Chateau Haut-Batailley projects not just a drinking pleasure but also an opportunity for those seeking to embellish their collection with a wine that exemplifies both time and terroir in sublime harmony.

Market price (CAD)

$840.00

12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

41.67

Scores and tasting notes

92

Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château. The 2010 Haut Batailley is beginning to reach the potential I enthused about when I first tasted this from barrel. Much like the 2009 Haut-Batailley, it has a very expressive bouquet that needs a lot of coaxing from the glass. And like many 2010s it is a broody bugger, stubborn and obdurate but when you get to the palate...this is where the action is! This is where the quality positively shines through with very fine tannin: extremely pure fruit, a judicious touch of spice and a long and tender finish that is seamless. It needs 8-10 years for those aromatics to open but judging by the quality of the palate, it will be worth the wait. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

Vintage performance