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Bordeaux 2018: Batailley, Sociando Mallet and Haut Bages Liberal
30 April 2019

Bordeaux chateaux are creatures of habit. Looking back at last year’s releases, the front running was made by Branaire Ducru and Langoa Barton, swiftly followed by Capbern, then Batailley and Sociando Mallet. Again, the Castéja family and Jean Gautreau are keen to test the waters early in the campaign.

We have spoken about the developments at Batailley in the past. The creation of a second wine, Lions de Batailley has bolstered the Grand Vin, lending it greater concentration and a more refined tannic profile without losing its traditional Pauillac charm. 2018 is an excellent example, there is a plushness, almost a decadence to the fruit that leads to well measured tannins with lingering flavours of dark cassis and graphite. It doesn’t possess the finesse and complexity of the greatest wines of Pauillac, but there is much to admire. It will certainly be one of the best value wines from this most distinguished commune.

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