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Château Haut-Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé France Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2005
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Batailley's 1996 is a well-structured, old style Pauillac with a dense ruby/purple color, earthy, cedar-tinged, black currant fruit in the aromatics and flavors, medium body, an excellent mid-palate, good depth, and a moderately tannic, firm, but pure finish. This very good to excellent Batailley will keep for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.
A well-toned wine, with ripe fruit. Subtle aromas of black currant, tobacco and cherry. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and a long, silky-textured finish. Best after 2003.
Rich and rounded red in your glass, the 1986 Haut-Batailley explodes off the nose with aromas of sweet plums and a hint of thyme. Flavors of wild cherry, minerals and slate blend softly with the massive Cabernet-dominated nose. What a nice way to dress up a roast leg of lamb. A sleek smoke and tar finish pulls the wine together nicely.
An elegant, well-crafted '89. Bubbling over with blackberry, cherry and bark. Full-bodied, very velvety, well-integrated tannins and a ripe berry aftertaste. Best after 2001.
Medium red-ruby. Ripe, smoky aromas of plum and caramel; this smells opulent! Fat and sweet in the mouth, with a slightly roasted character to the supple plum and leather flavors. In a heavier style than the 2006 but with a reasonably fine-grained texture. Finishes with dusty tannins. I find this less refined than the 2006, but there's more material and ripeness here.
Offers a beautiful nose of crushed blackberry and cherry, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with a lovely balance of silky, caressing tannins and ripe fruit. Very long and minerally, with mint and eucalyptus character. A wonderful wine from this estate. Best after 2014.
Perhaps the wines of Château Haut-Batailley live in the shadow of those of its older sibling, Château Batailley. These little brother wines, however, are graced with a certain finesse and elegance absent in the wines of the elder sibling. Violet, raspberry, cassis, and earth, especially after time in the bottle.
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