2016 - Ch Batailley 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Batailley
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2025 - 2044
Case size
6x150cl
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2016 CH BATAILLEY 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Batailley
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2025 - 2044
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £608.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 93-95

    85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. This property offers savvy buyers a classical portrait of Pauillac, with its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a sweetness to the cassis fruit tones, lifted by a leafy Cabernet freshness. Fine, firm, ripe tannins drive through the finish. CP

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2016 Batailley just screams "Pauillac" on the nose - it could not come from anywhere else. Lovely tobacco and pencil box notes infuse the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin and a fine bead of acidity. Harmonious and less rustic than the Batailley of yesteryear, while maintaining its classic DNA. This is a superb wine from the Castèja family and should give many years of pleasure after several years in the cellar. 2022 - 2050

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2016 Batailley is a blend of 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 50h hectoliters per hectare. Matured in 60% new oak. It has an intense graphite infused bouquet with fine delineation, some freshly picked Pauillac mint coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that grip the mouth insistently; with graphite and tobacco-infused black fruit dominating, this a classically styled Batailley in the vein of previous vintages with the elegance coming through towards the finish. This is one of those wines that grows on you, perhaps not as easy or as charming to taste as other Pauillac 2016s at this stage, but knowing this property well, I know how it can blossom when it matters, which is when you and I drink it. Drink Date 2022 - 2050

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2017,
    Score: 95-96

    I thought the 2015 defined the new Batailley, but this is fantastic. Full-bodied and so tannic and powerful. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and spices. Excellent finish. Very muscular. Tight and precise.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2017,
    Score: 93

    A tunnel of tannins takes you right through the palate, but it is not fully walled in as with 2010, rather the tannins are pliable and the overall feeling is of well controlled fruit that deepens as you go along. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, and a pH of 3.6. Wonderfully deep fruit flavours of blackberry and crushed cassis reside against black chocolate and well contained tannins. A lovely vintage that has power but is just the right side of big extraction. Good persistency with a coffee-scented finish. This is a buy, for sure. Drink Dates 2022-2050

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 17+

    Decent attack, as always, with quite sour tannins but enough fruit to prop them up, this is a typically robust Batailley with masses of dark fruit at its core and enough swagger to carry it off.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
    Score: 17+

    Lifted, sweet and very Pauillac on the nose. Thick and sweet on the palate though – rather different from the nose. Pretty sharp on the palate with some overtones of the right bank even though the nose is pure Pauillac. Quite a dramatic play, this wine! Drama in spades. Drink 2025-2043

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Producer

Château Batailley

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.

Region

Pauillac

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.