Chateau Batailley is located in the Pauillac appellation within the Bordeaux region of France. It is one of eighteen estates designated as a Fifth Growth in the Official Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855. The estate consists of 140 acres (57 hectares) planted mainly to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate can produce up to 20,000 cases of wine per year. They also produce a Second label called Lions de Batailly.
The Estate dates back to the late 18th Century. Over the years it has had numerous owners. In 1932, it was purchased by Francois and Marcel Borie. In 1942, the estate was split into Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut-Batailley to avoid massive inheritance taxes. Today, the estate is managed by Marcels daughter Denise and Husband of Emile.
For an historical perspective the land in which the estate sits was a battlefield in 1452, The Hundred Years War.
2017 Château Batailley Reviews
This smoky wine is full of dark fruits and ripe tannins. It has spice and intense acidity as well as concentrated tannins. It will be a rich wine as it develops.
92-93 Points (Barrel Sample) James Suckling
This is a classically structured young Pauillac with tannins that roll over the finish. Medium to full body and a bright aftertaste.
91-93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Batailley gives profound notes of crème de cassis, preserved plums and licorice over a core of espresso, tapenade and Marmite toast. Medium-bodied with a ripe, firm backbone of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the vivacious, sustained fruit, it finishes long with a red fruit lift.
89-92 Points (Barrel Sample) Vinous
The 2017 Batailley is a powerful, tightly wound wine. Inky dark fruit, leather, lavender, spice and menthol open with some coaxing, with beams of supporting tannin that extend the mid-palate into the finish nicely.
89-92 Points (Barrel Sample) Wine Spectator
Focused, if slightly taut and austere in style, with cedar and tobacco notes leading off, pulling red currant and damson plum fruit along with them. A cedar edge hangs on the finish, where a savory streak checks in.