Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac
    Château Batailley

    Château Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac,



    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.

    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    You can't ignore the construction of the tannins here, but there is a plenty of juice in between and this is a gorgeous Batailley. On brand Pauillac, as it so often is, delivering slate, liquorice, energy, cassis, blackberry, orange peel, cardamom, black pepper, graphite, grip. Classic balance also, you don't feel you are in an extreme vintage here. Two thirds of the production is in the first wine of Batailley in this vintage. 55% new oak. A label in honour of Queen Elizabeth II also...
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    The 2022 Batailley is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes galloping out with energetic notes of crushed blackcurrants, Morello cherries, and fresh, juicy blackberries, plus hints of tar, licorice, lavender, and garrigue. The medium-bodied palate delivers taut, muscular black fruits with loads of spicy sparks and a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and mineral-laced. pH 3.7.
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    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2022 Batailley was picked from 8 to 27 September (at the same time as Lynch-Moussas) and is raised in 55% new oak. It comes with a newly-designed label. It has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry and cassis, violet and tobacco. The palate is clean and precise on the entry. With lovely focus and detail, this is a sophisticated Batailley with a surfeit of mineralité and excellent clarity and typicity on the finish. Unequivocally, one of the finest iterations of Batailley that the Castèja family has overseen. This Batailley is like driving a classic old car, and I mean that in the best possible sense.
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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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