Red

1998 Château Haut-Batailley

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 17

  • pilatus88 Likes this wine: 87 points

    September 29, 2019 - My last bottle of the vintage. On the nose it is beautiful and full of Pauillac character. The palate is great at first and dominated by dark fruit and an earthy backbone, then it finishes with some annoying green herbs and tart bitterness pulling the overall grade down. Not a great vintage for me.

  • paulewh Likes this wine: 89 points

    May 29, 2019 - I was a bit concerned this would be over the hill, but not at all. Plenty of life when uncorked, then left in bottle for an hour and drank it over the next 2 hours. It opened up a reasonable amount. It’s never going to be one of my favourite wines, there are plenty of tannins and some earthiness underneath the fruit but the finish lacks complexity. Enjoyable but not a stormer.

  • "Rhône Rider" Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 28, 2017 - Blindt:
    Blomster, tørket frukt, plommer, krydder, litt neglelakk, litt grønt. Tørket frukt, sedertre, tobakk. Frisk, moden, men mye å gå på. Gjettet kjølig årgang sen 90 tall. 90

  • broadband013 wrote: 91 points

    February 25, 2017 - Très bon, très pauillac!

    In the neck.

    Ouvert 1h avant.

  • Collector1855 wrote: 87 points

    March 13, 2015 - During a merchant dinner. Medium garnet. Discrete nose of earthy tones with some herbs. On the palate this is very tame and flat as well missing lift. Quite earthy but tannins are soft, not much fruit left. Past peak, drink up.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2008 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac) From half bottles. This has a vibrant hue still, very attractive, dark but not advanced in its maturity. A complex nose is apparent, with little wisps of sweetly baked fruit, then burnt raspberry, later a violet perfume which is momentarily intoxicating. Behind it all, a seam of green peppercorn to which some - but not me - may have an adverse reaction. A lovely freshness follows on the palate which possesses a lean minerality behind some rounded fruit. It has good flesh and substance, and a good grip of charcoal-edged tannin. There is some acidity behind it all, beneath the leafy fruit and peppercorns again. A short finish. It drinks well, perhaps in a rather simple and foursquare fashion, but it has appeal.

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2006 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac) From a half bottle. A fairly deep colour although with no real evidence of maturity. An attractive nose, very cedary with some dusty black pepper notes. Nicely textured on entry, a little chalky through the midpalate, but with plenty of freshness and decent substance. Showing some very nice nuances of flavour in the floral-violet arena, with a little meaty bacon and mineral character too. The tannins are softening up, presenting no more than a gently drying finish; this is certainly approachable now (in this format), but is certainly on the way up and I'll keep the rest of mine a little longer yet.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012 (link) 16 points

    (Château Haut-Batailley (Pauillac)) From a half bottle. A dark hue with some claretty maturity, but nothing advanced. The nose is rather firm and reticent still, speaking of a solid and withdrawn early maturity, ungiving rather than relaxed or perfumed. The aromas are dark and slightly intangible, mildly suggestive of soot, smoke and stone, and any nuances of flower or fruit spotted on previous tastings seem well hidden today. The palate has a full substance, with a nicely polished texture which does its best to cover the backbone of tannin lying beneath. There is certainly vigour here, a rather grumpy tannic backbone and firm acids too, and although the aromatics did not suggest it this time the texture is austere and biting, with a suggestion of a greenness to the fruit, and in the finish it is dry, tannic, mildly bitter (not necessarily a bad thing) and perhaps in this respect not quite so short as last time. I still think there is promise here, because there is vigour and structure on the palate, but it is a little hard going at times as well.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Haut-Batailley
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (6%)
  • In Cellars 193 (61%)
  • Consumed 104 (33%)

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