Château Batailley, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2018

  Château Batailley

£408.00 for 12x75cl
£408.00 for 12x75cl
£204.00 for 6x75cl
£204.00 for 6x75cl
£211.50 for 3x150cl
£423.00 for 6x150cl
£211.50 for 12x37.5cl

The creation of a second wine has led to greater selection and it feels like there is more precision during the winemaking. Batailley was always a favourite gentleman's claret for its good value, and easy-going earthy Pauillac character. The new style of Batailley is much sleeker and more refined. Produced from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from generous yields of 52 hl/ha, the 2018 Batailley is glossy, perfumed and rather seductive. There is a flamboyant bouquet of sweet cherries, crushed rocks, cloves, cinnamon and spice. It's rather sleek and suave with waves of pure purple fruit on the palate. The tannins are quite grand and laced with noble flavours and there's a nice sapidity too. This isn't at the top tier, but it's a fine effort and should represent good 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 dominates 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 | Petit Verdot

The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, with Malbec adding extra smoky, earthy complexity. Also experimented with in parts of Napa too, such as at Dominus and Cain Five.