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Chateau Batailley - Chateau Batailley 2011

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: Pauillac
  • Wine Maker: Philippe Castéja
  • Grape: Bordeaux Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now- 2025.
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16 (2007) WS: 90 (2005) JS: 93 (2009) VS: 87 to 89 (2005) WE: 90 (2007) NM: 92 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

Batailley is a classic and a very typical Pauillac, with Cassis flavours and very good structure. An intense ruby-red in colour. An appealing and fragrant nose of cassis, graphite and pencil shavings. The palate is dry and reserved at first but opens out to reveal a soft and ripe layer of mature black fruits. The finish is lengthy and the acidity well balanced

Winery Information

Chateau Batailley

Batailley is the larger sibling of neighbouring Haut-Batailley, the two estates having split in 1942. Thus much of this estate's history is as for Haut-Batailley, from its possible Medieval origins through to the early 20th Century, before the division, when it was under the control of two brothers by the name of Fran?ois and Marcel Borie..

Expert Reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2007)16 pts

Tasted March 2015 - Mid crimson with a pale rim. Beguiling scent with ripe fruit and sleek texture. Dry finish. Classic claret. No extra ripeness or fruit though…

Wine Spectator (2005)90 pts

Issue: Mar 31, 2008. Has licorice, currant and fresh cèpe on the nose. Full and silky, with lots of sweet tobacco and berry character and plenty of ripe Cabernet fruit. Long and caressing. Best after 2012. 20,000 cases made. ?JS

James Suckling (2009)93 pts

Feb, 2012. Blackberry, dark chocolate and currants on the nose, follow through to a full body, with beautifully polished tannins and a long caressing finish. Fresh and refined. Best ever from here. Always excellent value. Try after 2018.

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2005)87 to 89 pts

May/Jun 06. By Stephen Tanzer. Deep ruby-red. Very dark aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Ripe, juicy and fresh, with lovely violet lift to the dark berry flavors. Finishes with ripe, dusty tannins and lingering black fruit flavors. Not the last word in complexity but unusually rich and floral in 2005. Wait until 2012.

Wine Enthusiast (2007)90 pts

An intense and concentrated wine that succeeds well. It has plenty of freshness, but also sufficient firm tannins to offer aging potential. Wood is prominent, but not dominant, finishing with the freshest of berry fruits.

Neal Martin (2007)92 pts

Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. An impressive showing of Batailley, this is the best bottle that I have encountered. It is rather closed and introspective on the nose with touches of mulberry, wild strawberry and gravel. Fine definition, opening up all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry, fine tannins, lovely caressing texture, the Merlot counterbalancing the austere finish. This is very impressive. Tasted January 2011.

Vinification Notes

Fermentation 15-20 days. Maturation 16-18 months /oak barrels.