Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac
Château Batailley

Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac,

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Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2016

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2016

Traditionally, this Casteja owned fifth growth always offered plenty of rustic charm and value for money. With the arrival of a second wine, Lions de Batailley, there seems to be more endeavour to make 'impressive' wines. The new style is certainly more serious, but in striving for more concentration and purity, Batailley may have lost some of its early charm. Dark and mineral with some florality and freshly cut herbs the style certainly relies less on oak, and is purer and sexier than Batailleys of the past, with cool cassis and plum fruit and a commanding tannic structure. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

Maturity:
Keep
ABV:
13%
94/100
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
The 2016 Batailley is deep garnet colored. It rolls up with gregarious blackcurrant jelly, plum preserves, and cedar chest scents, plus touches of violets, dark chocolate, and graphite. The light to medium-bodied palate is bright, breezy, and refreshing, delivery crunchy, youthful fruit and a firm grainy frame, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
Date Reviewed:
12/2022
93+/100
Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2016 Batailley has an attractive, meaty bouquet with more red fruit than black, unlike many of its peers. With aeration it appears to gain more floral notes and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, linear and focused, offering pencil lead, cedar and light spicy notes toward the conservative, controlled finish. A mocha-tinged aftertaste emanates from the oak. Good potential, but it needs time. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.
Date Reviewed:
08/2020

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country:
France
region:
Bordeaux
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Château Batailley

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.

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