Château Haut-Batailley

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1420 ratings
9.072 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

From Magnum.

There are few things in life better than a 30 year old Bordeaux, grilling, great family, friends, music and environment. Today is hitting on all cylinders.

There is no amount of decanting a young wine that will give you or replace what 26 years in bottle delivers. I did not decant this wine but let breathe and poured slowly. As its lingered, it put on weight and keeps getting better. There are simply flavors and nuances that only come out in well made and aged wine that make them all the more special.

On the nose; sweet & sour dark ripe cherries, blackberries, baked plum & strawberries, cooked rhubarb & hues of blueberries. Lots of saddle-wood, cedar, light, soft spices, forest floor with dry leafs, dark rich soil, limestone, dry stones, dry tobacco, red fruit liqueur/cola, steeped tea, just whiff of herbaceous and dark red, blue flowers and violets.

The palate is medium to full. The body round, soft and glides effortlessly over the palate. The length, structure, tension and balance are in perfect harmony. Ripe; sweet & sour dark ripe cherries, blackberries, baked plum, raspberries & strawberries, cooked rhubarb & hues of blueberries. Lots of saddle-wood, cedar, old suede style leather, light, soft spices, forest floor with dry leafs, dark rich soil, limestone, underbrush, dry stones, dry tobacco, dry top soil, shades of red fruit liqueur/cola, steeped tea, just whiff of herbaceous and dark red, blue flowers and violets. The acidity magnificent. The beautiful, round, ripe, earth & fruit balanced finish is extremely special due to it age and lasts several minutes. This is why I long cellar Bordeaux. The experience is always ethereal!

@Oasis Az

From Magnum.

There are few things in life better than a 30 year old Bordeaux, grilling, great family, friends, music and environment. Today is hitting on all cylinders.

There is no amount of decanting a young wine that will give you or replace what 26 years in bottle delivers. I did not decant this wine but let breathe and poured slowly. As its lingered, it put on weight and keeps getting better. There are simply flavors and nuances that only come out in well made and aged wine that make them all the more special.

On the nose; sweet & sour dark ripe cherries, blackberries, baked plum & strawberries, cooked rhubarb & hues of blueberries. Lots of saddle-wood, cedar, light, soft spices, forest floor with dry leafs, dark rich soil, limestone, dry stones, dry tobacco, red fruit liqueur/cola, steeped tea, just whiff of herbaceous and dark red, blue flowers and violets.

The palate is medium to full. The body round, soft and glides effortlessly over the palate. The length, structure, tension and balance are in perfect harmony. Ripe; sweet & sour dark ripe cherries, blackberries, baked plum, raspberries & strawberries, cooked rhubarb & hues of blueberries. Lots of saddle-wood, cedar, old suede style leather, light, soft spices, forest floor with dry leafs, dark rich soil, limestone, underbrush, dry stones, dry tobacco, dry top soil, shades of red fruit liqueur/cola, steeped tea, just whiff of herbaceous and dark red, blue flowers and violets. The acidity magnificent. The beautiful, round, ripe, earth & fruit balanced finish is extremely special due to it age and lasts several minutes. This is why I long cellar Bordeaux. The experience is always ethereal!

@Oasis Az

Oct 27th, 2018
James Forsyth

Although a little tired, this Bordeaux was nevertheless delicious. Leather, tobacco, forest floor, prunes, old closet, cloves. Haut-Batailley is generally very good and especially for the $s. Same goes for this 1996, a wonderful and somewhat unsung vintage.

Although a little tired, this Bordeaux was nevertheless delicious. Leather, tobacco, forest floor, prunes, old closet, cloves. Haut-Batailley is generally very good and especially for the $s. Same goes for this 1996, a wonderful and somewhat unsung vintage.

Sep 20th, 2018
Daron Watson

aromas of mushrooms, underbrush, eucalyptus, berry patch & cassis

flavors of cassis, juicy and dried red berries, woodsy, hay, hint of carob & coffee beans, wet tobacco leaf

though in a decline, considering cost of $20ish back in the day I’m pretty frickin pleased

aromas of mushrooms, underbrush, eucalyptus, berry patch & cassis

flavors of cassis, juicy and dried red berries, woodsy, hay, hint of carob & coffee beans, wet tobacco leaf

though in a decline, considering cost of $20ish back in the day I’m pretty frickin pleased

Jun 15th, 2018
Antonio Gianola

Drinking so perfectly right now. Such a happy place

Drinking so perfectly right now. Such a happy place

Dec 6th, 2017
John Kemper

I found the nose of the '89 Château Haut-Batailley Red Bordeaux to be quite herbal, with some forest floor, licorice and muted dark fruit aromas. It was full-bodied, but still velvety with a sweet aftertaste. Nice enough, but I would not cellar much longer.

I found the nose of the '89 Château Haut-Batailley Red Bordeaux to be quite herbal, with some forest floor, licorice and muted dark fruit aromas. It was full-bodied, but still velvety with a sweet aftertaste. Nice enough, but I would not cellar much longer.

2 people found it helpfulJan 11th, 2013
Rick Z
9.0

A little Monday night wine getting ready for Penguin hockey! TIght, and earthy with loads of tannins at the open. Could fill out further.given some time in the glass. I should be holdng this vintage, but have 6 of them, so temptation got me ☺ ... happy with my dirt as it is!

A little Monday night wine getting ready for Penguin hockey! TIght, and earthy with loads of tannins at the open. Could fill out further.given some time in the glass. I should be holdng this vintage, but have 6 of them, so temptation got me ☺ ... happy with my dirt as it is!

1 person found it helpfulMay 15th, 2017
Keith Crump

A good nose with gods length and drinking well tea leaves not over powering fruit, black currents

A good nose with gods length and drinking well tea leaves not over powering fruit, black currents

1 person found it helpfulSep 4th, 2016
Kieran Roberts

Tobacco, forest floor. Great depth.

Tobacco, forest floor. Great depth.

1 person found it helpfulMar 8th, 2016
Uri Belkind

After reading some reviews that it was on its last legs, I just had to open a bottle. I thought it was refined and mature. Earth, tobacco and leather. In beautiful balance with some lingering acidity and silky tannins that keep it all relevant. Glad I decided to have this Xmas sip.

After reading some reviews that it was on its last legs, I just had to open a bottle. I thought it was refined and mature. Earth, tobacco and leather. In beautiful balance with some lingering acidity and silky tannins that keep it all relevant. Glad I decided to have this Xmas sip.

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2015
Brian Schmaltz

Brian had this 4 years ago

Brian had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2015