2012 Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac Bordeaux
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