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2018 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 94

Dark garnet and almost opaque in color, from the initial sniff and sip, you know this is not your grandfather\'s Haut Batailley. The wine is deep, titillating and fresh. There is density, weight and lift with soft, luxurious, almost cultured tannins. The full-bodied finish combines olives, tobacco leaf and earthy, dark red fruits. The wine was made from blending 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot, reaching 14.3% alcohol. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 93

With a good depth of color, the wine shows a nice purity of juicy cassis while a leafy olive and pepper component keeps you interested throughout this full bodied, crunchy and classic experience. The tannins are a bit uncompromising right now but give the wine time, and it will prove to be worth the wait. This is the debut vintage from the new owners, the Cazes family. The bottle was also sport a new, updated label design.

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2015 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Dark, red fruits, thyme and floral notes in the perfume lead to a fresh, medium-bodied, cassis-dominated wine with fine tannins, finesse and a bright, peppered, stylized finish. Blending 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, this wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. 90 - 92 Pts

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2014 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 92

Medium/full bodied, elegant, fruity and showing loads of peppery, cassis, dark ripe fruits and tannins. This is followed by a tasty, cedary, spicy, fresh finish. Give this 5 years and it will be really quite charming.

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Florals with cassis on the nose and the unmistakable elegance and strength of Pauillac. This wine is fresh and sweet with a hint of cherry that should drink well early. Blending 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. 89-92 Pts

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2013 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 88

With crunchy cassis, thyme, spice and coffee bean scents, the wine is crisp, bright and spicy, finishing with a light red berry note. Blending 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the wine reached 13.2 alcohol. From yields of 31 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 50% of the crop. 87-89 Pts

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2012 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 89

71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot make up the blend. The wine will be aged in 60% new French oak barrels. Smoke, licorice and cassis notes open to a medium-bodied, black cherry-filled wine with some dryness in the finish. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 89

Blending 72% Cabernet Sauvignon with 28% Merlot, the wine will be aged in 60% new oak. Cedar wood, crème de cassis, green forest scents, medium bodied with light textures and a bright cassis finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Haut Batailey From 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Borie family produced a wine that offers spicy cassis aromas, depth of flavor and a finish of ripe black and red fruits. 90-92 Pts

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2009 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 88

2009 Haut Batailey is light ruby. Notes of black berry and cedar notes define the perfume. Medium bodied, with a short, albeit ripe, cassis finish. 87/89 Pts

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2008 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 88

08 Château Haut Batailley shows cassis and tobacco on the nose. This is a medium bodied, elegantly styled wine that finishes with light, back fruit notes. 87-89 Pts

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2006 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

Earthy, peppery tobacco, cedar and lead pencil notes on the nose. Close to ready for its prime time debut, this medium/full bodied, classically styled Pauillac delivers a straight forward, blast of sweet, juicy, crisp, fresh cassis in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot.

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Medium bodied, but not quite light, this young, tannic Pauillac serves up fresh blackberry, cranberry, tobacco and spice. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, this elegantly styled wine will be better with additional age. integrated, but it should not be approached for several years. Tasted January 2010.

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2005 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Tobacco, cherry and cigar wrapper on the nose, with a medium bodied, sweet, cherry and cassis finish that is already showing well today.

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With aromas of cassis, tobacco, blackberry and earth, this medium/full bodied wine is already starting to show well. Made in a lighter, bright, finesse style, the wine ends with juicy black and red plums in the finish.

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2004 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 89

Smokey, spicy berries, leaf, cassis and tobacco scents make up the mature aromatics. Medium bodied, soft and ready to drink, the wine finishes with sweet, spicy olives and cherries.

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Barnyard, tobacco, mushroom and cassis aromas, this medium bodied Pauillac ends with a short, cassis filled finish with hints of green flavors.

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2003 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 88

Completely mature sending out a nose of tobacco, cedar chest, forest floor and blackberry notes. Soft in texture, with a nice cassis filled finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

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2000 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

With soft, round textures and no hard edges, this charming, medium/bodied Bordeaux wine offers tobacco, red and black fruit, forest floor and earthy notes. This is close to fully mature and displays good Pauillac character in the spice and cassis and plum filled finish. I'd drink this fairly priced wine over the next decade.

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1995 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

Developing nicely with its tobacco, ash, earth, green pepper and spicy cassis character. There is a touch of rusticity in the tannins, but there is enough freshness and depth in the fruit, coupled with the charming nose, that it's easy to overlook.

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1990 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 85

This correct, lighter style of classic Pauillac is past full maturity and requires drinking before it cassis and tobacco charm completely fades away.

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1982 Château Haut-Batailley  (Pauillac) 86

Already on the slow curve to fading away. Medium bodied, with more secondary notes of cedar, smoke, tobacco, earth and cigar wrapper, than bright red fruits. Some of the sweetness is gone, and there is a sharp, tang of acidity in the cranberry, cassis, spice and tobacco driven finish. Drink up, this is not going to get better with age. Paired against the Batailley, that was a markedly better wine.

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