WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

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WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Jenise » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:36 am

Last of four bottles purchased on release and consumed over the last four years, wherein in 2009 the wine was great but each bottle since has been successively weaker. It's initially tasty with reasonable mature fruit and minerality, but it slowly fades and the finish on the second glass turns dry and astringent. Drink up if you have them.
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Re: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:57 am

Took a peek, and saw that I drank my last one a few years ago. Still have one bottle of the 2000. May break into that soon just to be on the safe side.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Jenise » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:37 am

Good planning. I thought we'd already drunk the last bottle--it was one of the earliest of the 98's I own to mature--so we'd made a point to drink them. This one slipped through the crack. Is it usually an early mature-er? I wouldn't think any '00 would be something we'd have to worry about yet.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:28 pm

I have not found Haut Batailley to be a long lived wine. It's not top tier in any respect.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Jenise » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:38 pm

Obviously, I'm unfamiliar. That's the only vintage of it I ever bought; I found it rather lightweight and haven't pursued others since. I actually bought it thinking I was getting Haut Bailly--no comparison!
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:40 pm

I have made that same mistake.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Noel Ermitano » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:23 pm

'98 wasn't great for the Haut Médoc (very generally speaking, of course), but nice and ripe for the right bank, and, I've found, pretty good for Graves. For whatever tangential conncetion it is worth, when I tasted through the 2009 Pauillac/St-Julien wines at the 2010 April tasting in Bdx, Haut-Batailley's was quite impressive.

As regards Haut-Bailly, it is one of my moderately-priced go-to Pessac-Léognans. I opened a magnum of their 1988 a few months ago and it was very nice. Notable typicity too.

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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Jenise » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:25 am

Noel Ermitano wrote:'98 wasn't great for the Haut Médoc (very generally speaking, of course), but nice and ripe for the right bank, and, I'ce found, pretty good for Graves. For whatever tangential conncetion it is worth, when I tasted through the 2009 Pauillac/St-Julien wines at the 2010 April tasting in Bdx, Haut-Batailley's was quite impressive.

As regards Haut-Bailly, it is one of my moderately-priced go-to Pessac-Léognans. I opened a magnum of their 1988 a few months ago and it was very nice. Notable typicity too.

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I understand the generality of your statement and agree. I have/had a larger breadth of 98 than any other vintage of anything ever, however, because of an astonishing warehouse sale I attended where I bought good classed growths like Grand Puy Lacoste and Leoville Poyferre for $15 and $16 bucks and top tier wines like Conseillante, Mouton and LMHB for $40-60. It was shortly after 9/11, and the few Americans who weren't boycotting French wines were waiting for the 2000's, so a clever retailer bought a Bordeaux importer's entire inventory of 98s and 99s and staged a two-day sale in which he charged buyers a buck or two per bottle over his cost. It was literally a back-up-the-truck experience--I'd stack up as much wine as would fit in the trunk of my little Jag convertible, drive it home, unload, and go back. And I wasn't the only one--it was madness! Customers were grabbing stuff as it came off the truck and if you hesitated, someone else got it. I latched on to a salesman who knew more than I did and took anything he pointed at. The Haut Bailly has been one of my favorites, and the Haut Batailley the weakest although most of the right bank wines haven't held up as well as I'd have hoped. I need to cull the few righties that are left and put them in the drinking queue.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Noel Ermitano » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:27 am

Jenise wrote:I understand the generality of your statement and agree. I have/had a larger breadth of 98 than any other vintage of anything ever,...

I have a fair bit of experience with '98 Bdx myself (though, unfortunately, not at the sale prices you indicated - but price is beside the point). What right bank '98s have you been not happy with lately? '98 HB, LMHB, Haut-Bailly, are superb. Pauillac, St-Julien, St-Estèphe have (generally) been ok but not interesting enough for me in view of other vintages available, coupled with my cutting down on my wine consumption since April 2010 due to inner ear issues. Before then, I used to drink a lot more and virtually everyday. Since then, I have been forced to more strictly adhere to the "drink less, but better" motto.

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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed May 01, 2013 10:47 pm

The 1982 is still drinking well and the 1989 is holding well, but I haven't tried many recent vintages, so they may indeed be more forward.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Haut Batailley

Postby Jenise » Thu May 02, 2013 11:09 am

Noel Ermitano wrote:What right bank '98s have you been not happy with lately?
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Clos L'Eglise, Quinault L'Enclos and one other whose name escapes me temporarily. Oh, Monbousquet.
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