This has good currant and damson fruit lined with tobacco and iron notes. Offers slightly dusty tannins but remains fresh and focused overall.
66% Cabernet, 34% Merlot. 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which were new. 13.6% abv. Plum and red fruit with lovely concentration. This is all about finesse and elegance. This is very smart, it was a highlight of this day’s tasting for sure.
The 2017 Haut Batailley, which is matured in 60% new oak for 18 months, is clearly more sophisticated than the second wine, polished by the oak of course but underneath its intense blackberry and boysenberry fruit, quite floral with touches of violet and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, well-integrated oak and very smooth polished finish that glides across the mouth. There is fine precision on the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes.