Haut Batailley 2014

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Haut-Batailley has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, mint and graphite. It is not powerful or showy, much more linear and actually quite discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, graphite and cedar, very focused and nicely structured although it clearly requires several years to unfurl. But it conveys energy right on the finish that bodes well for the future. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2020-2040 01 March 2018

The 2014 Haut Batailley has a very subtle bouquet, one that bided its time in the glass and then unfolded with scents of blackberry, briary, pencil box and light graphite scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate weight, classic and perhaps conservative in style. Yet the harmony is just wonderful and it slips down the throat almost too easily. As such, I feel this is a more approachable Haut-Batailley compared to other vintages, yet it has the body to reward three of four years of bottle age.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2020-2035 31 March 2017

The Château Haut-Batailley 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot picked between 25 September and 9 October at 33hl/ha. The nose seems to revel in that Cabernet Sauvignon: sensual black fruit on the nose mixed with minerals and incense aromas. It offers knockout precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin that are enveloped in pure black cherry fruit mixed with blueberry and even hints of orange rind. There is already plenty of energy coiled up in this Haut-Batailley - a splendid Pauillac in the making.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2019-2032 01 April 2015

Very aromatic with cassis and stone character that follows through to a medium to full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Fine texture. Try in 2022.

Score: 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 13 February 2017

A young wine with presence and finesse showing firm tannins, a medium to full body and a persistent finish. Fine texture.

Score: 91 - 92

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 20 March 2015

Spicy peppery notes added to the Cabernet fruit here but smooth and classically built.

Score: 88 - 90

Albany Vintners, - 24 April 2015

Lots of energy here. Intense purple fruit, and lots of richness. Spicy fruit. Lots of richness and life. Very glossy and fills the palate. Very racy - like a racehorse. No excess of acid or dry tannins. Very neat and charming. Great clarity of purpose.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2034 15 April 2015

The 2014 Haut Batailley is quite dark and intense. Dark plum, smoke, game, leather and white pepper flesh out in a powerful, incisive wine built on pure power. The 2014 is likely to require at least a few years for the tannins to soften. Today, the 2014 Haut Batailley is a bit imposing, yet there is plenty of intrigue.

Score: 89 - 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 April 2015

Light tobacco and cedar hints lead off, followed by pretty red currant and bitter cherry fruit flavors. Shows good energy on the iron-edged finish. A minerally style of Pauillac.

Score: 88 - 91

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2015