In a nutshell: Bright and approachable left-bank Bordeaux from the famous appellation of Paulliac.
The lowdown: 2011 produced wines that are now nicely in their drinking window of which this fresher, crunchier style Haut-Batailley is one. A charming, classic left-bank claret made with a traditional blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot which has been aged for over two years in oak barrel before bottling. In the glass lively, fragrant aromas of blackberry and cherry with cedar and minerally, stony notes. On the palate medium-bodied with fresh acidity, bright, crunchy fruits, some darker spice and mild tannins. A thoroughly enjoyable, elegant and restrained, classic left-bank Bordeaux.
When to drink: Drinking now though will keep for the rest of the decade.