Château Batailley Reviews
2015 Château Batailley Reviews
95 Points James Suckling
Impressive depth to the wine from the outset with a gently smoky edge to the ripe blackberries, blueberries and red plums. Some attractive spicy oak here, too. The mid-weight palate has a very composed and linear shape with a long, succulent and regal finish. Great polish and balance here; the structure is superb.
95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chateau Batailley is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot cropped at 48 hl/ha picked between 17-30 September. Matured in around 55-60% new oak, it has a very focused, intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and mineral notes, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style as those violets blossom with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, a touch of white pepper here lending edginess, gradually building to a very composed and structured finish. This is an excellent Batailley, meliorated by the introduction of a second wine, that continues the upswing in quality over the last six or seven years. I would not be surprised if this settles at the top of my banded score once in bottle.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
Ripe and spicy, this wine comes from an estate on the western edge of Pauillac. Young fruit, toast and fine tannins are combining well into a rich wine that is likely to develop relatively quickly, very much in the style of this property.
92 Points Wine Spectator
A showy mint note leads off, followed by a flash of ganache before giving way to a core of steeped black currant and fig fruit. A strong charcoal edge through the finish gives this texture and length, while a bay leaf note adds freshness. There’s lots to like in this old-school version.
90 Points Decanter
Broad fruit and depth of flavor from old vines. Always forward at this stage, but it gains in barrel and ages well.
2015 Château Batailley – Lions de Batailley
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Lions de Batailley is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. And represents just over one-third of the total production. I appreciate the nose here, very perfumed and well defined with blackcurrant pastilles, cedar and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin on the entry. A mixture of red and black fruit. Smooth in texture with a touch of orange rind and spice toward the finish. This is a fine deuxième vin from Chateau Batailley.
88 Points Wine Spectator
Solid, with a tangy iron note running from the start through the core black currant and bitter cherry fruit. Ends with a light graphite edge.