Chateau Haut-Batailley 1996

91 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%

A fine aged claret. A green seam, somewhat vegetal rather than floral but it still sits well with the savoury ripe fruit flavours. There is a warm creaminess about this wine, the tannins are ripe but it’s classic in structure quite different from the super- ripe vintages.

I wonder how many years this has ahead of it. 10 I’d guess. Though I don’t think it will gain much.

Very very good but not the very best of 1996.



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