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The winery is located in the commune of Pauillac in the area of the same name in the Médoc(Bordeaux). It should not be confused with the Château Haut-Bailly(Pessac-Léognan), which has a similar name. According to the most likely of the many theories, the name (bataille = battle) derives in connection with the Hundred Years' War (the Anglo-French conflict from 1337 to 1453), when the Château's land was part of the defensive ring of Bordeaux. Various vineyards in the region, such as the nearby Château Latour, are known to have been used in this way.

For a long time, it was a joint estate with the neighbouring Château Batailley. In the Bordeaux classification of 1855, it received the fifth rank (Cinquième Cru Classé). It came into the possession of the brothers Francis (1890-1953) and Marcel Borie (1892-1958) in 1932. In 1939, they decided to divide the estate. The larger part (Château Batailley) went to Marcel, the smaller part was now called Château Haut-Batailley and went to Francis Borie. After his death, his daughter Françoise Brest-Borie inherited the estate. Then the estate (together with Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste) was run under "Domaines François-Xavier Borie" by Françoise's nephew François-Xavier Borie (see the closely interwoven Borie and Castéja family history under Borie-Manoux). It has now been owned by the JM Cazes family since 2017.

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