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2011 Chateau Haut-Batailley

By Chateau Haut-Batailley

2011 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the lexicon of Bordeaux vintages, the year 2011 is often overshadowed by its illustrious predecessor. Yet in this quieter year, Chateau Haut-Batailley crafted a vintage distinctly their own—exhibiting elegance and a poised balance, bearing the hallmark of Pauillac terroir with a reserved strength that connoisseurs have come to appreciate over time.

 

Witnessing Finesse Amid Challenges

The 2011 vintage faced climactic challenges that tested the mettle of Bordeaux winemakers. A notably hot spring followed by an uneven summer culminated in a race against time to harvest before the autumn rains. Despite these trials, the 2011 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley radiates with tenacious spirit and finesse, signalling careful vineyard stewardship and adept winemaking.

 

An Ensemble of Aromas and Flavours

On approach, the wine presents an alluring ruby hue with garnet flashes signalling maturation. The bouquet is a complex composition—cassis interwoven with pencil lead, dried herbs and subtle savoury undertones of leather that nod respectfully towards classic Pauillac style. Palate-wise, tertiary notes surface amidst the black fruit core, with hints of tobacco and earth adding layers to the already intricate confluence of flavours. The tannins, once robust in their youth, have mellowed to integrate seamlessly into an elegant structure, underpinned by a fresh acidity that rallies well for future longevity.

This particular investment-grade vintage undeniably merits attention for those seeking diversity within their portfolio. While it might not boast the opulence of the most exalted years, its drinkability window appeals greatly to investors considering a relatively shorter term holding period. The 2011 Chateau Haut-Batailley is a testament to the resilience and prowess of Pauillac's vineyards—a narrative woven through its fibres.

Crafting a unique position in one's collection, the 2011 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley encapsulates the quintessence of its origin. This vintage is indeed a paragon of Pauillac's adaptability, offering a poised and nuanced expression for discerning investors who appreciate both its immediate allure and potential mellow maturation.

Market price (CAD)

$590.00

12x75cl

Highest score

89

POP score

40

Scores and tasting notes

89

Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château. The 2011 Haut Batailley has an open and expressive bouquet with blackberry and crushed stone—not as vibrant or displaying the same contrast as the 2012, but that powdered stone develops nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and satisfying fruit concentration. This is a more elegant Haut-Batailley, without the weight and concentration of the previous two vintages, but offering finesse and composure on the finish. You could actually drink this now, but it will give another 15-18 years of pleasure. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

Vintage performance