x
  • Weather

    16° C Mist
  • Time

    09:29 AM
  • Wine average?

    90.1 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    330
  • Region Ranking?

    143
  • Popularity ranking?

    187

News

Château Haut-Batailley unveils its new label

At the entrance to the Pauillac AOC area, the Virgin Mary watches over the Haut-Batailley vineyard from Tour L’Aspic.   Built in 1875 by the pious Demoiselles Averous, Tour l’Aspic captures the romance of its era.  This new label was inspired by and pays tribute to the tower, so emblematic of Château Haut-Batailley. 

The story behind its name is a mystery. According to local legend, the Virgin Mary is crushing an asp underfoot, a symbol of temptation and evil. But recent restoration work on the tower has revealed that the Virgin Mary is in fact standing over a bed of roses. 

Yet a coat of arms featuring a tower, an asp, a knight’s helmet and a Latin inscription meaning “remembrance and fidelity” is engraved into the stone. Could the helmet be a reference to the Hundred Years’ War? Legend has it that the name “Batailley” comes from a great battle, which ended with the English being driven from French soil. The mystery lives on.

 

The drawing of the tower and the surrounding countryside was inspired by the strong imagination of the man who illustrated the fables of Jean de la Fontaine, Dante’s Inferno and the fairy tales by Charles Perrault. 

The fine gold lettering is reminiscent of the age of illuminated manuscripts and use of intaglio printing creates subtle variations in colour, really bringing the clouds to life. 

A perfect blend of fantasy and wonder, the beautiful white tower captures the imagery of a medieval tale. 

The handwritten lettering is evocative of the former labels, embodying the history and continuity of a grand terroir. 

 

Read More
Close

History

Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 For most of its history Château Haut Batailley, as the name suggests, was part of Château Batailley. The name "Batailley" appears to be derived from a battle that occured on the sight in 1453 during the Hundred Years War. During the early 19th Century, Batailley was owned by Daniel Guestier who did much to raise the reputation of the estate such that it was rated a 5th Growth in the 1855 classification. Batailley was purchased in 1932 by Marcel and François Borie who divided the estate between themselves in 1942, with Marcel taking the half that retained the Batailley name and François developing Haut Batailley.

 

The Cazes family, which heads Château Lynch-Bages, are the proud new owners of Château Haut-Batailley, an 1855 Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac owned previously by the Des Brest-Borie family. Both families have had strong roots in the Pauillac and Médoc landscape for generations.

Château Haut-Batailley, acquired by the Brest-Borie family in the 1930s, was until now managed by François- Xavier Borie. “We are delighted that Château Haut-Batailley has been accepted into the fold of the Cazes family, who are committed to continuing the work undertaken at the estate. We're confident that they will maintain the identity and character of the property,” said François-Xavier Borie.

Château Haut-Batailley today comprises some 40 hectares, 22 hectares of which are already planted. In terms of grape variety, the property has 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Its vines are on average 35 years old.

The property also has its own technical facilities, in perfect working order.

“Château Haut-Batailley is a magnificent property that has always produced great wines. We're particularly happy that it has passed between two families who have friendly relations and know each other well,” said Jean-Charles Cazes, general manager of the family-owned group. “This acquisition will strengthen our presence in Pauillac with the aim of undertaking a project distinct from Lynch-Bages. In order to respect the estate’s identity and the integrity of its vineyard, the property will be managed independently and have its own dedicated team of technical experts.”

Read More
Close

Inside information

The two Batailleys are in the south of Pauillac, a little way inland from the Pichons. The 22ha of Haut Batailley is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Haut Batailley has a good reliable reputation, offering very decent "drinking" claret at competitive prices.

Read More
Close

Highlights

Latest news

WINERY NEWS Heitz Cellar / GAYLON M. LAWRENCE JR. ACQUIRES ICONIC HEITZ WINE CELLARS IN NAPA VALLEY  In a joint stateme  more ...
WINERY NEWS Carbon / Premium champagne maker Carbon has become as an official supplier to F1 in one of the first new comm  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Haut-Batailley / Château Haut-Batailley unveils its new label At the entrance to the Pauillac AOC area, the   more ...
WINERY NEWS Weingut Keller / Quality rather than quantity: 2017 has great potential The fascinating 2017 vintage is also one   more ...
WINERY NEWS Domaine Tortochot  / 2017 vintage - The year started early, with a winter with several days of below-freezing temperature  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Navigating Bordeaux 2017 / The Bordeaux market is delicately balanced
WINERY NEWS Château Canon-La-Gaffelière / 2017 : no risk, no fun. 2017 is living proof that it is still Mother Nature who holds the reins,   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Pétrus / JEAN-CLAUDE BERROUET WINS WINEMAKERS’ WINEMAKER AWARD 2018 Jean-Claude Berrouet, the former  more ...
WINERY NEWS Champagne Armand de Brignac / JAY-Z TRADEMARKS ‘THE TWINS’ ARMAND DE BRIGNAC LABEL The rapper applied for the   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Musar /  Harvest 2017 In January, we experienced above average rain and snowfall which  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Latour / First growth Château Latour have released its 2006 grand vin and the 2012 vintage of its secon  more ...
WINERY NEWS Ornellaia / Ornellaia Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First Vintage (1985) and 10th Anniversary of Vendemmia d  more ...
WINERY NEWS Marchesi de' Frescobaldi / Frescobaldi made its first foray into the Chianti Classico region with the purchase of Castello  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW- Best Wine of the World 2017 Competition Winners have been selected /  - the Best wine in the world is Harlan Estate 2013.
WINERY NEWS Monteverro / 2008 - 2018: ten years of Monteverro together. Year 2018 is a special one, it is the tenth year  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Burgundy – Reds outperform whites / Liv-ex Report
WINERY NEWS Signorello Vineyards / Plans begin to rebuild Signorello after fire Ray Signorello Jr has hired Taylor Lombardo Architec  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 2017 / BURGUNDY 2017 - In 2017, everything came good for the Bourgogne winegrowing region in terms of both   more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Cos d'Estournel / Cos d’Estournel to launch luxury ‘COS100’ wine The new wine, named COS100,  more ...
WINE NEWS: Château Margaux 2015 / Margaux 2015 nearly triples release price When it was announced that Margaux 2015 would be releas  more ...

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users.    or    to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now it's fast easy and totally free.
Register with Facebook   Register