‘an excellent Batailley… 93-95 points’

Philippe and Frédéric Castéja’s excellent Chateau Batailley just got a bit more excellent. Thanks to the introduction of a new second wine, Les Lions de Batailley, the Grand Vin has a touch more class. This has always represented fantastic value for money and offered lots of accessible Pauillac fruit and character, but in 2015, Batailley appears to be more floral and more refined. Unfortunately the creation of Les Lions has reduced the quantity of Grand Vin by a third and also pushes the price to £355/12, but we think the wine more than warrants this increase.

‘The 2015 Batailley is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot cropped at 48 hl/ha picked between 17-30 September. Matured in around 55-60% new oak, it has a very focused, intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and mineral notes, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style as those violets blossom with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, a touch of white pepper here lending edginess, gradually building to a very composed and structured finish. This is an excellent Batailley, meliorated by the introduction of a second wine, that continues the upswing in quality over the last six or seven years. I would not be surprised if this settles at the top of my banded score once in bottle. Drink 2022-2050. 93-95/100’. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

‘Wow. The shows a new level of excellence with mint, mineral and currant character. Full body, super fine tannins and a savory finish. New definition here. Precision. New second wine from this estate moved up the quality. 94-95/100’. – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com