Robert Parker 92+
Tasted at a vertical tasting at the chateau. The 2010 Haut Batailley is beginning to reach the potential I enthused about when I first tasted this from barrel. Much like the 2009 Haut-Batailley, it has a very expressive bouquet that needs a lot of coaxing from the glass. And like many 2010s it is a broody bugger, stubborn and obdurate but when you get to the palate…this is where the action is! This is where the quality positively shines through with very fine tannin: extremely pure fruit, a judicious touch of spice and a long and tender finish that is seamless. It needs 8-10 years for those aromatics to open but judging by the quality of the palate, it will be worth the wait. Tasted July 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Smells very ripe and tastes surprisingly gentle. A little bit too ripe for me in terms of fruit character though the acidity compensates for this and the finesse of the tannins add freshness. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028