Chateau Tour l'Aspic 2008
- Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot
Château Haut-Batailley is a Bordeaux producer in Pauillac and one of 18 estates with the status of Fifth Growth, awarded from the 1855 classification of Bordeaux.
The estate was once a part of the larger Château Batailley. Batailley was bought in 1932 by the brothers François and Marcel Borie, who divided it in two in 1942 to avoid conflict in inheritance. François took the smaller property that did not include the physical château and named the estate Haut-Batailley. He increased the size of the estate by buying vineyards, including purchases of plots in 1951 from the Fourth Growth Château Duhart-Milon. Château Haut-Batailley is now 22 hectares (55 acres) planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon as is typical of Left Bank Bordeaux. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are blended in the final cuvée but planted in smaller parcels.
The grand vin is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux red blend, with a production close to 10,000 cases annually. The second wine is the Tour l'Aspic, named for the white tower on the property that carries a statue of the Virgin Mary, also depicted on the label. La Tour l'Aspic has a production of roughly 1700 cases.
The Borie family also owns the Second Growth Château Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien, and the Fifth Growth Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, also in Pauillac.. - Information from Wine Searcher.