No Reserve set on this auction lot.
“Following my previous encounter with the 1995 Haut Batailley, I was optimistic about its maturation in bottle. When François-Xavier Borie poured an example following a vertical at Grand Puy-Lacoste…well, that view was vindicated. This is perhaps an unheralded wine of a strong vintage. It has a generous bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit that cocks a snook at the 2000 Haut Batailley that was poured alongside. Mulberry and leather at first, undergrowth emerging with time. The palate might be a little smudged on the entry but there is impressive weight and concentration, superb balance and real structure on the finish to suggest that it will give 20+ years of pleasure. This is worth seeking out at its secondary market prices and probably more attractive than many of its peers. Tasted July 2016.
Drink Date 2016 – 2035”.
Neal Martin. (The Wine Advocate. June 2017).
“Wonderful aromas of citrus fruit,blackberry and currant.Full-bodied,with Port like flavors and chewy tannins.Super well-structured.Needs time to come together”.
James Suckling. (The Wine Spectator. June 2007).
“Superb ’95 Bordeaux! With all the hype surrounding Wine Spectator’s wine of the year (Ducru Beaucaillou) it’s no wonder that Haut-Batailley has been so popular and delicious. Jean-Eugene Borie owns and controls Haut-Batailley along with Ducru Beaucaillou and Grand-Puy-Lacoste”.
Neal Martin’s Wine Journal.
“Tasted in a blind horizontal in September 2000. Another wonderful 1995. Dense compact nose of morello cherries, dates and chocolate. Dense multi-layered palate with depth complexity and class. Firm tannins. Harmonious and well-integrated. A wonderful wine for the vintage. Again blind for Wine International magazine in April 2005. A cedary, pine nose of moderate intensity, lacks some vigor. Faint aroma of burning embers. A fresh palate with good definition and acidity. Harmonious, backward and graceful. Very fine. A competent 1995 Pauillac”.
K & L Notes. (December 1999).