2021 - Ch Batailley 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Batailley
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH BATAILLEY 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Batailley
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £165.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2021 Batailley was picked September 30 to October 15 and matured in 55–60% new oak. It has a well-defined, focused bouquet, a quintessential Pauillac nose of black fruit infused with cedar and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of black pepper on the entry and delivers good depth and fine grip. This is a Batailley with commendable stuffing for the vintage and it fans out with gusto on the finish. It might not be the best Pauillac in 2021, yet I bet you won’t find better value for money, notwithstanding its underestimated propensity to age. Drink 2029 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2021 Batailley shows promise, exhibiting aromas of cassis, plums, licorice, cigar wrapper, loamy soil and dark chocolate, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and charming palate built around ripe, powdery tannins. Supple and giving, it will offer a broad drinking window.

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    Owner Philippe Casteja describes his estate as “An Englishman’s claret”, and 2021 truly lives up to this moniker. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot is full of energy. A touch of mocha, vanilla pod and spice frames flavours of rich, dark currant fruit. Tense, lively tannins fill out the palate of this powerful wine, culminating in a long-lasting finish.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, fresh and chalky with nuances of chalk, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and red with black currants. The wine is soft and creamy with a nice sweetness on the elegantly-styled palate, there is a lot of charm as well as freshness here. The wine blends 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It is interesting to note that Batailley was the first major wine released from the 2021 vintage, and it was priced the same as the 2020 vintage. Time will tell if this was a good strategy or not. Drink from 2026-2049.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 92

    Stands out in the appellation, with density through the mid palate, and Pauillac signature coming through in the pencil lead, graphite and cassis notes. This is a good quality wine with a touch of blackcurrant bud and earth reflecting the cooler temperatures of the year, but plenty of depth and ageing potential. Tasted twice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 17

    Rather more fruit-driven and impactful than I might have expected, this is a good, honest effort from Batailley. With decent colour and depth, while it lacks a degree of complexity, it is a hearty and accurate wine, and it is sure to have a huge and very satisfied fan base in 2021.

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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.