2010 Pauillac Cinquieme Cru Classe
Chateau Haut-Batailley is located in the illustrious Pauillac appellation, on the banks of Gironde estuary. The vineyard is bordered by prestigious Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe terroirs. The 2010 Chateau Batailley is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (in majority) and Merlot.
The vintage displays a shiny, dark red colour. The nose exudes intense dark fruit notes adding to the character of very ripe grapes and pleasant freshness. On the palate, the rather gradual attack reveals fine grained tannins. This Pauillac 4e Cru Classe carries a beautiful structure, precise and balanced, and ratifies the elegant style of a superb 2010 vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at a vertical tasting at the château. The 2010 Haut Batailley is beginning to reach the potential I enthused about when I first tasted this from barrel. Much like the 2009 Haut-Batailley, it has a very expressive bouquet that needs a lot of coaxing from the glass. And like many 2010s it is a broody bugger, stubborn and obdurate but when you get to the palate...this is where the action is! This is where the quality positively shines through with very fine tannin: extremely pure fruit, a judicious touch of spice and a long and tender finish that is seamless. It needs 8-10 years for those aromatics to open but judging by the quality of the palate, it will be worth the wait. Tasted July 2016.