- Château Batailley
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2026 - 2035
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2016,
Always one of the great buys in Pauillac, this is bright cherry purple and scented with precise cassis fruit. This is a polished wine with excellent purity; a perfumed expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with finely layered silky tannins and a touch of juiciness from the Merlot.
Neal Martin, April 2016,
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
James Suckling, April 2016,
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.
Decanter, April 2016,
Good broad fruit and depth of flavour from old vines. Always forward at this stage, but it gains in barrel and ages very well.
Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
(77 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot) 48 hl/ha. A chunk, oaky, mineral nose doesn’t hint at any fruit whatsoever, but thankfully there is restrained cassis on the palate albeit rather hidden by cool tannins. This is not a particularly sensual wine and it is rather short and I needed to work hard s-whirling away like a dervish to get much response.
Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
48 hl/ha. Very dark crimson. Attractive fresh minerality. Many steps up from Lions de Batailley. Racy and quite muscular. Not very intense but well balanced and with sufficient energy. Drink 2024-2038
Tim Atkin, May 2016,
Soft, attractive and easy on the palate, this fig and orange peel-scented blend is supple and beguiling on the palate, with scented vanilla oak and some underlying acidity. A good wine for the medium term. Drink: 2020-28
Wine Spectator, April 2016,
This has nice energy, with a brambly frame around the notes of cherry paste and currant preserves. There's a solid bolt of iron through the finish, with lots of tobacco. A touch old-school and solidly done
Jancis Robinson, October 2017,
Mid crimson. Rather sweet and toasty oaky on the nose. Broad and luscious and easy to like but not as fresh as the finest 2015s. Flattering rather than great. Drink Dates 2023 - 2036 Score 16.5+
Known historically as one of the "forgotten" châteaux of the Médoc, Château Batailley is also one with great potential. Owned by the Castéja family, Batailley has been managed by Borie-Manoux, a leading Bordelais négociant, since the 1960s. For many years it was not traded amongst traditional Bordeaux circles which contributed to its lesser known stature. This has changed only over the past couple of years. For some time now, Château Batailley has represented one of the best values in Bordeaux. Traditional and stylish, it often embodies the quintessential Pauillac spirit offering distinguished aromas of cedar box, and cassis enveloped in a finely structured yet fresh palate.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.