Château Batailley, 2009
A full-bodied mouthfeel and the aforementioned high, but sweet, well-integrated tannin displaying no jaggedness.Château Batailley, 2009
A full-bodied mouthfeel and the aforementioned high, but sweet, well-integrated tannin displaying no jaggedness.
Château Batailley, a 5th Cru of the classification of 1855, is Borie-Manoux’s and the Castéja-family’s flagship. The name is derived from the battle ("bataille“) that took place where the chateau and vineyard are today during the 100-years war around 1453. In this battle, the French re-conquered the neighbouring Chateau Latour from the English, a crucial point for ending the 300 year long reign of the English in Aquitaine. In the 16th century, the first vines were planted on these historical and blood soaked grounds.
Chateau Batailley’s 5ha-park was designed by BarilletDeschamps, Napoleon III’s park architect, in 1850. In 1855 Napoleon III created the classification for the Grands Crus Classés of the Medoc. And Batailley was knighted Grand Cru Classé.
Grape Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
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.
- Robert Parker
It goes ideally well with pork, chicken, roast and game meat, grilled or roasted and medium mature cheeses
Robert Parker 94, James Suckling 93, Wine Spectator 92