Robert Parker 91
Following my previous encounter with the 1995 Haut Batailley, I was optimistic about its maturation in bottle. When Francois-Xavier Borie poured an example following a vertical at Grand Puy-Lacoste…well, that view was vindicated. This is perhaps an unheralded wine of a strong vintage. It has a generous bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit that cocks a snook at the 2000 Haut Batailley that was poured alongside. Mulberry and leather at first, undergrowth emerging with time. The palate might be a little smudged on the entry but there is impressive weight and concentration, superb balance and real structure on the finish to suggest that it will give 20+ years of pleasure. This is worth seeking out at its secondary market prices and probably more attractive than many of its peers. Tasted July 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035
Very dark crimson. Minerally nose. Good charge of cassis and some wet stoniness, and fine tannins, on the finish. A little austere, though with food it would probably be fine.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025