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2020 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539519 92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Also made in a more medium-bodied, elegant style, the Grand Vin 2020 Château Haut-Batailley offers a beautiful perfume of both black cherry and darker berry fruits as well as classic Pauillac cedar, chocolate, and leafy herb-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and seamless on the palate, they’ve done a wonderful job with the tannins, the purity of fruit is spot-on, and this will certainly be an impressive Pauillac, with 20-25 years of prime drinking ahead of it. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot aging in French oak barriques, 60% new, the 2020 Haut-Batailley weighs in with 13.6% alcohol, a pH of 3.85 and an IPT of 81. Deep purple-black in color, it opens with seducing, beautifully pure notes of blackcurrant jelly, juicy blackberries and warm plums, plus hints of chocolate mint, lilacs and forest floor with a touch of ground cloves. The refreshing, medium-bodied palate gives a great burst of crunchy black berries, framed by finely grained tannins, finishing with a minty lift. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Haut-Batailley was opened for a good hour before I commenced penning my note. This will be matured for 14 months in 60% new oak. It gently unfolds in the glass to reveal blackberry, faint sea spray scents (a whiff of the old Gironde estuary) and just a touch of crushed stone. This is well defined though not powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins on the entry that frame the bright blackberry and raspberry fruit. This Pauillac conveys superb energy, especially toward the Japanese nori-infused finish, awakening and revivifying the senses. It is a classically sculpted and very harmonious Haut-Batailley that will give 25–30 years of drinking pleasure, but should be cellared for 5–6 years. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

91-93 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2020 Haut-Batailley is a powerful, brooding Pauillac. Black fruit, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, smoke, dried flowers and leather add to the wine's virile feel. Here, too, the tannins are pretty imposing. It will be interesting to see what time brings." (6/2021)


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By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2021 | Send Email
This is the fourth vintage of this wine made by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages. They replanted the vineyard by selection massale when they purchased it. It's a big wine, that definitely needs time to integrate, but there's so much stuffing and complexity here: coffee, mocha, cedar, blackcurrants, and leather. Put this one in your cellar for a few years and it'll reward you in spades.

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