Pauillac: Château Batailley Grand Cru Classé 2012
"From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012. Drink it over the next 25 years." Drink: 2015 - 2040. 92/100.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, April 2015.
This always reliable and popular wine began an upswing in quality following the appointment of Denis Dubourdieu as oenologue in 2001 and then again when the cellars were revamped in 2006. It is now hot on the heels of better known fifth-growths Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.
AOC Pauillac: Sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe in the north, the aristocratic commune of Pauillac is home to three of the Mèdoc's four First Growths - Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Cellarage||Drink 2015 - 2040.|
|Vinification||A 2-3 week fermentation in stainless steel is followed by 18 months élevage in a mixture of new (60%) and old oak.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
This 57-hectare fifth-growth estate set on gravely soil is named after a battle took place during the 100 Years War. It has remained in the same family since 1932, although Haut-Batailley was split off in 1942.View more wines from this producer...