Good dark, bright red. Aromas of currant, smoke, minerals, licorice and dried flowers. Suave on entry, then supple and sweet in the middle, with Pauillac-typical flavors of currant, iron, fresh herbs and tobacco leaf. An understated wine, dry but not austere. Today a peppery element shortens the wine’s finish.
Robert Parker 91
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Batailley has a classic cedar and tobacco-scented bouquet with pleasing earthy blackberry fruit tinged with wild hedgerow, gaining more intensity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth, a touch of spice with a structured, almost Lynch-Bages-like finish. This is a thoroughly enjoyable Pauillac, although it still needs another 2-3 years in bottle. Tasted January 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035