Chateau Batailley 2009 Pauillac
Château Batailley is classified as a 5ème Cru Classé and is one of the best value wines in Pauillac. The 55 hectares of vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%) undulate on a deep gravel bed, underpinned by a clay & limestone
For years Batailley enjoyed a reputation as a solid, reliable , well-priced Pauillac, well –liked by the British, but rarely achieving the heights of finesse and complexity of some of the other Pauillac classed Growths. Over the last 15 years or so ,however, there appears to have been a subtle change and we have noted a much greater emphasis on the quality of the fruit. The result has been wines of decidedly more finesse, but still true to their Pauillac roots.
This is a powerhouse, with an underlying sophistication and presence suggesting to me this is going to be a legendary Batailley. Glorious!