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Batailley 2009


Case Format: 12x75cl

Max score: 94.0

One of the oldest estates in Bordeaux, Châteaux Batailley has a long, rich history that dates back to the 15th century. The richness of the soil is peppered throughout the wine, resulting in a tantalising product that is both complex and well-rounded. The vineyard sits on the southern end of Pauillac, on a plot that housed the Anglo-French battle during the Hundred Years War, with the first vines planted on this blood-soaked ground only a few years after. Today it is now planted with the harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (c.70%), Merlot (c.25%), Cabernet Franc (c.3%) and Petit Verdot (c.2%) which have formed a nose of black and red fruit, whilst intense flavours of blackcurrant and spices dance together on the palate. Respected as a staple example of Pauillac wine, Château Batailley creates reliable yet spectacular wines with unquestionable finesse.



Neal Martin

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Batailley 09 has a lovely cedar and mint-scented bouquet - well defined with just a little creamy oak to be subsumed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a lovely succulent core of blackberry and strawberry fruit and a harmonious, silky finish. It has calmed down since I tasted it in barrel, but it is a long-term Pauillac that should be afforded cellaring for at least a decade. Tasted January 2013.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

The finest Batailley I have had in many years, the dense purple-colored 2009 exhibits a boatload of tannin as well as sweet, caramelized, black currant fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, cedarwood and smoke, a full-bodied mouthfeel and the aforementioned high, but sweet, well-integrated tannin displaying no jaggedness. Batailley often requires considerable patience as it can be one of the longest-lived Pauillacs. Atypically for Batailley, the 2009 should be ready to drink in 5-7 years and keep for three decades.


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