Château Haut-Batailley

Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot Blend

9.030 ratings
9.27 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Top Notes For
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.4

Absolutely phenomenal and likely at the peak of its bell curve. Dark berry fruits on the nose with subtle secondary aromas of tobacco, dark soil and aged wood. Totally Bordeaux and totally delicious

Absolutely phenomenal and likely at the peak of its bell curve. Dark berry fruits on the nose with subtle secondary aromas of tobacco, dark soil and aged wood. Totally Bordeaux and totally delicious

Apr 1st, 2022
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.4

A great 96’. So pauillac it hurts

A great 96’. So pauillac it hurts

Apr 12th, 2021
James Forsyth

Although a little tired, this Bordeaux was nevertheless delicious. Leather, tobacco, forest floor, prunes, old closet, cloves. Haut-Batailley is generally very good and especially for the $s. Same goes for this 1996, a wonderful and somewhat unsung vintage.

Although a little tired, this Bordeaux was nevertheless delicious. Leather, tobacco, forest floor, prunes, old closet, cloves. Haut-Batailley is generally very good and especially for the $s. Same goes for this 1996, a wonderful and somewhat unsung vintage.

Sep 20th, 2018
Ken Swegles

Fair bit of Bret at first, though it became integrated into a grand scheme of tobacco, fresh linens and cedar. This will be a stunning wine for years to come.

Fair bit of Bret at first, though it became integrated into a grand scheme of tobacco, fresh linens and cedar. This will be a stunning wine for years to come.

Sep 12th, 2014
Victor Hsu

Smooth, round and delicious, with gentle tannins and woody, plummy spice. Lovely red Bordeaux—we could dink this all night. Still balanced after 27 years but its acids seem a bit faded. I would guess that it’s at a high plateau that may be gently dipping so my daughter Rachel, who owns this wine, needs to finish the rest of her stash within the next year. The vintage of this bottle is her birth year, and we laid down a half case along with another half case of Chateau Lynch Bages. Both bottles are now soft, special treats. We enjoyed the 1996 vintage with prime steak at the Palm Restaurant in downtown LA, celebrating her graduation from UCLA Law. Congratulations, Rachel!

Smooth, round and delicious, with gentle tannins and woody, plummy spice. Lovely red Bordeaux—we could dink this all night. Still balanced after 27 years but its acids seem a bit faded. I would guess that it’s at a high plateau that may be gently dipping so my daughter Rachel, who owns this wine, needs to finish the rest of her stash within the next year. The vintage of this bottle is her birth year, and we laid down a half case along with another half case of Chateau Lynch Bages. Both bottles are now soft, special treats. We enjoyed the 1996 vintage with prime steak at the Palm Restaurant in downtown LA, celebrating her graduation from UCLA Law. Congratulations, Rachel!

May 12th, 2024
Pasqual Pantone

1996

Jan 14th, 2018
Ronald Mitchell

Excellent. Let it open for a few hours.

Excellent. Let it open for a few hours.

May 19th, 2015
Jarad Vasquez

Strong to quite strong

Strong to quite strong

Sep 6th, 2014
lynda lou bouch

not all that. kinda disappointing. nose is great, we keep drinking it to see if it gets better but it hasn't.

not all that. kinda disappointing. nose is great, we keep drinking it to see if it gets better but it hasn't.

May 20th, 2013
Jim Wagonfeld

**** All is right with this wine. Drinking beautifully at 21 years.

**** All is right with this wine. Drinking beautifully at 21 years.

Mar 31st, 2017