Best-value Bordeaux of 2012

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Chateau Haut Batailley
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Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac 5CC, 2009

Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac 5CC, 2009

Owned by the Borie family, this is the sister château of the better known, more highly regarded Grand-Puy-Lacoste (see left). It generally has less structure than the latter, and is aged in a lesser proportion of new oak. The wine was often undistinguished in the past, but the last decade has seen a big step up in quality and consistency. The 2009 has always been splendid so it’s not a huge shock to find it equal to its sister estate here, but perhaps in 15 years their differences in quality and style will be more marked. 18.75pts/20
Price £29–£45 Widely available at leading Bordeaux merchants
Drink 2016-2040
Alc 13.5%