Founded in 1870, top-quality négociant Borie-Manoux has passed down through several generations of the Castéja family, and is currently under the direction of Philippe Castéja.
Château Haut-Bages Monpelou, described by the Castéjas as Château Batailley’s ‘little brother’, was for a long time part of Duhart-Milon, but Emile Castéja bought it in 1970. This cru bourgeois property is situated on gravel soils in the heart of the Pauillac appellation and produces cassis-flavoured wines typical of the area. Château Batailley lends it both cellar facilities and the expertise of its technical team.
The wine is normally 70% cabernet sauvignon with 27% merlot and 3% cabernet franc, and it spends 16 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new oak. A stylish but relatively forward wine, it needs a good vintage to show its best, but can age well for between five to ten years.