Château Batailley, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2011

  Château Batailley

Chateau Batailley along with Chateau Haut Batailley (now joined in wedlock after a Borie Casteja marriage) are regular candidates for the best value Pauillac. These are classified growths that produce good quality, fairly prices wines that really appeal to claret drinkers. Produced from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 is packed with juicy, brambly fruit, plenty of extract and finely worked tannins. This may not be the most complex Pauillac, but it is charming and will offer great value for money.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Batailley

Chateau Batailley is a firm favourite of the British Claret drinker and proof that we brits don't hold grudges... Deriving its name from 'bataille', the vineyards are on the site of a French victory over the English in 1452 (during the Hundred Years War).

The estate was famously split by François and Marcel Borie in 1942. Francois, who had recently purchased Ducru Beaucaillou took control of the smaller portion and renamed his share 'Haut Batailley'. This still remains in the family and is managed with great success by Xavier Borie. Marcel, who kept the Chateau and the larger share of Batailley, passed the estate to his daughter Denise who was married to Emile Castéja of the negociants Borie Manoux. Since 2001 their son, Philippe has run the estate and his son Frédéric will one day also take up the reins.

Lying just to the West of Chateau Latour, the 57 hectares are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot on deep gravel croupes. Batailley is never the most stylish Pauillac, but its reputation for consistent quality and good value makes it one of the most popular wines in the UK market.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.