2012 Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac Bordeaux

The Gourmet Corner

Score: 92 Points - Excellent Pauillac wine, full and rich to be enjoyed with friends - Great cellar opportunity if you can resist...

Tasting Note: Long owned by Xavier Borie, this Pauillac estate sits next to Batailley and is just south of Borie’s other famous château, Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

The 2012, dramatically better from bottle than barrel, is bigger boned, richer and more flamboyant than this wine normally tends to be. The color is a healthy purple, and the wine offers plenty of cassis and licorice as well as a touch of incense. The oak from barrel-aging 18 months is largely obscured.

Medium to full-bodied and impressively endowed, it comes off like a hypothetic blend of a St.-Julien and Pauillac, but this is a classic 2012 that is full, rich and impressive, with beautifully sweet tannins.

Drink it over the next 20 years.| eRobertParker.com.April, 2015

Category: Bordeaux, Pauillac, Red

Type: Wine

Vendor: The Gourmet Corner

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