Very dark red almost black; deep intense dark berries, chocolate, licorice, open and pleasant nose; smooth, nice deep, elegant tannins, a bit dry on the finish and not that complex; lots of fruit and power; the Bordeaux 09s are still open and this one holds good potential for the future; will be interesting to revisit 10 years from now
This wine was a surprise for a left bank Bordeaux. Decanted at a Thai restaurant, the nose was typical in terms of its cedar complexity, however it was surprisingly smooth on the palate, without any of the mouth parching tannins that I would have expected given its youth. Definitely drinkable now, a pleasure, more cerebral than fruity I might add, which is a dimension I personally prefer. Without the tannin, I wonder how will this age?
Decanted through a vinturi and let it sit in the decanter for 4 hours. The Haut-Batailley smells of blakberry, pepper, chocolate, tobacco, leather and soldering bolt. Great structure with aromas of lead pencil, black berries, truffles, tobacco and a gentle animal touch on the palate. This is built to last so I'm glad I have a few more in my cellar.
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(Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac) Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 2%. 58% new oak. Yield 46 hl/ha. A nice vibrant hue. Dark and dense fruit, quite reserved, clean although with a rather solid style. The palate follows the same clean line, quite a cool and detached character, moderate concentration of fruit, although with a bright flavour profile, chalky raspberries and violets. Good tannins, towards the denser end of the spectrum, but very ripe. Nicely poised, this should pick up weight and be a very good Haut Batailley.
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