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1982 Chateau Haut-Batailley

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1982 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The epochal 1982 vintage stands as a testament to the Bordeaux region's extraordinary capabilities, and specifically the prowess of Pauillac. In this revered year, Chateau Haut-Batailley produced a remarkable bottle that has become a touchstone for fine wine investors seeking both rarity and quality. With its idyllic climatic conditions, 1982 was heralded an outstanding year, and the resulting wines possess a distinguished place in the annals of viniculture.

 

Distinguished Pedigree, Remarkable Vintage

The 1982 Chateau Haut-Batailley is an exemplar of balance and structure. The vintage's exuberant ripening period endowed its grapes with optimal levels of sugar and acidity, paving the way for a wine of exquisite poise. Upon encounter, one is greeted by a robust bouquet of cassis and truffle, entwined with delicate hints of tobacco leaf and cedar, the hallmark of mature Pauillac terroir.

 

Elegant Ageing: A Triumph of Time

Decades in repose have bestowed upon this claret a graceful evolution. Its tannins have softened into silken threads that lace the palate, supporting the dark fruit core with finesse rather than overpowering it. A medium to full-bodied profile gives way to a persistent finish that echoes the wine's enduring complexity.

The 1982 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley demonstrates why seasoned investors often set their sights on such vintages. Its current stature is an embodiment of Pauillac's potential for longevity and refinement. For connoisseurs looking to diversify their collections with investment-grade wines, this exemplary bottle provides not just pleasure but also potential returns.

 

Investment Insight

The 1982 vintage from Chateau Haut-Batailley resides in a special category where its investment appeal harmonises beautifully with its sensory allure. Robust yet polished, it represents what many aspire to when they speak of peak Bordeaux - age-worthy, historically significant, and profoundly delightful on the palate. This vintage reinforces Chateau Haut-Batailley's legacy as one of the discerning investor's wise choices for both enjoyment and portfolio enrichment.

Current market price

$1,440.00

12x75cl

Highest score

85

POP score

236

Scores and tasting notes

85

Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. As one would expect, this Pauillac has a very foursquare graphite scented nose with touches of bay leaf and decayed autumn leaves. It is nicely defined but lacking vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity. It is very conservative with a metallic tincture towards the finish. This has just turned the corner and is in gradual decline. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

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