The Borie Family's first Bordeaux Great Growth A curious name, Batailley! According to local history, the land belonging to this Bordeaux Great Growth was a battle site for the English and French armies during the Hundred Years' War. Purchased by the Bories in the 1930s, Château Haut-Batailley was formerly owned by the Halphens, a family of Parisian bankers.
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.