Château Haut-Batailley 2010
• Domaine: Château Haut Batailley
• A.O.C.: Pauillac
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
"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." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (6/30/2017, Issue 231), Rating: 92+, Drink from: 2022-2040
"Sexy creme de cassis notes along with a big kiss of cedar wood, spice box and licorice are all present in this dense, ruby/purple-colored wine, which is lush and silky smooth, with opulence and early appeal. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.
Owned by Xavier Borie, the proprietor of the better-known Grand Puy Lacoste, this 2010 is a beauty and one of the strongest efforts he’s produced over recent years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/27/2013, Issue 205), Rating: 91,