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2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley

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2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Embarking on an exploration of the 2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley offers one the pleasure of witnessing firsthand how even within the confines of Bordeaux's venerated traditions, a vintage can arise that tantalises with unexpected finesse. The 2018 iteration of this storied cru is a sophisticated effort that gracefully balances depth with poise, a captivating synthesis befitting the astute wine investor's portfolio.


2018: A Year of Triumphs and Challenges

The 2018 vintage in Pauillac stood defiant against climatic hurdles; a testament to meticulous vineyard management and judicious winemaking. This challenging year fostered the creation of wines defined by opulent fruit character and well-integrated tannins — of which the 2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley is a paragon. The select parcels on which the grapes for this cuvée thrived are bequeathed with deep gravel soils, imparting remarkable complexity into its DNA.


An Olfactory Tapestry

A glass of the 2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley cascades with an olfactory tapestry; exuding plush aromas of cassis and dark cherries laced with subtle cedar nuances – a nod to its aging in finely grained French oak. Upon sipping, one experiences the energy and vigour unique to this vintage, a seamless integration of fruit and structure suggests a longevity that is sure to captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The palate continues this harmonious dance, revealing layers of blackberry, tobacco leaf, and hints of graphite. Such intricacy is neatly framed by deftly executed oak treatment, allowing the wine's inherent complexity to shine while promising further integration over time.


The Verdict on Investment Worthy Vintage

In conclusion, assessing the investment-worthiness of such a wine is akin to appreciating fine art—the more time spent pondering its depth, the more rewarding it becomes. The 2018 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley stands as a compelling chapter in Bordeaux's grand canon; a wine that encapsulates both its storied past and its innovative future. For an investor searching for an exemplar from Pauillac’s elevated terrain, this vintage presents itself as one brimming with potential—a sophisticated addition expertly woven into one's esteemed collection.

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I can’t remember a Haut-Batailley this tannic, yet the tannins are savory and very ripe with beauty and purity. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a long and intense finish.

James Suckling - - April 2019


Fresh and driven, opening with a piercing iron note that is quickly met by a core of racy cassis and damson plum flavors. Everything extends nicely through the pure finish.—J.M.

James Molesworth - Wine Spectator - April 2019


Blended of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot aging in 60% new barriques, the 2018 Haut Batailley is very deep purple-black in color and takes some coaxing to reveal profound notes of dark chocolate, crème de cassis, blueberry pie and anise with waves of raspberry pie, lavender and Indian spices. Full, very tightly would and jam-packed with layers of crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with a mineral hint coming through.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 23 April 2019


This is a lovely wine from the second vintage under Lynch Bages’ ownership, full of power and poise and controlled precision. It has a slightly unusual blend owing to a greater proportion of Merlot than has been used in previous vintages, but it doesn't suffer in terms of concentration due to the thick skins and structure of the Merlots in 2018, and what you get instead is a creamy, velvety texture through the mid palate. It has lots of tannins but they have the enrobed quality that comes from the higher than usual alcohols, and are extremely seductive. It’s more lightly framed than the Lynch Bages, as it was in 2017, and is enjoyable. 3.61pH. 81IPT.

Jane Anson - Decanter - April 2019


The 2018 Haut-Batailley is a powerful, virile Pauillac. Black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and chocolate are pushed forward, with tons of Cabernet Sauvignon character in both the wine's flavor and structural profile. This is a decidedly unctuous, powerful style, and the elements still need time to fully come together, especially the oak. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous - April 2019

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