Chateau Batailley 2017

  • A classic, impressive effort from the Casteja family
  • Ten years on, Bordeaux’s 2010s are looking to have fully matched, and perhaps exceeded, expectations.
  • This easily has at least another 10 years in the tank, should you wish.
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  • James Suckling
    94 points
  • The Wine Advoca
    92+ points
  • Vinous
    91+ points
  • Decanter
    93 points

Editors notes

A well situated vineyard in Pauillac that can be relied upon to produce a consistent wine of classic Medoc style and breed. Quality has moved up a level in recent vintages whilst prices remain reasonable. The Chateau is now producing a second wine - Lions de Batailley - which means that production of the grand vin has fallen from 20,000 case to arround 13,000 per annum. This selection process has further increased the quality of the grand vin.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
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Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    "This is straight and transparent with currant and dark-chocolate aromas. Orange peel, light tar and violets. Medium to full body. Gorgeous core of dark fruit and polished tannins that push out the edge of the wine, giving it a seamless texture. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 3% petit verdot. Needs two or three years to show it all. Better after 2022."
  • The Wine Advocate

    "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Batailley gallops out of the gates with notes of baked redcurrants, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles plus wafts of cedar chest, bay leaves and rosehip tea. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with a firm, grainy texture and lively lift to the finish."
  • Vinous

    "The 2017 Batailley has a perfumed bouquet, quite floral for this property, with violets infusing the vivacious red berry fruit. The palate is a little chewy on the entry, but it pulls through nicely towards a cohesive, dense finish. It feels primal, more so than its peers at the moment. Hopefully it will develop more personality with bottle age...I think it will. 2023 - 2045"
  • Decanter

    "Filled with Pauillac signature of method and cassis on the nose, this feels polished and textured, layered with liquorice and coffee beans, with smoked, burnished oak flavours that help elongate the palate. Batailley is invariably an extremely drinkable Pauillac that delivers over the medium to long term, and this is an enjoyable and approachable wine in 2017. Drinking Window 2023 - 2048"

Other vintages

Love this wine? Here's a list of other vintages we have in stock if you'd like to try them as well.

  1. Chateau Batailley Grand Cru 2010
    • Variety Cabernet Blend
    • Vintage 2010
    • Brand Chateau Haut Batailley
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Red
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.8% Alcohol
    Chateau Batailley Grand Cru 2010
    • Vinous
      95 points
    • The Wine Advoca
      95 points
    • Decanter
      95 points
    • Gary Walsh
      95 points
    • James Suckling
      94 points
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The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


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Overall, Bordeaux is a region that continues to captivate wine enthusiasts around the world with its rich history, diverse terroirs, and exceptional wines.


Pauillac, a commune within Bordeaux, is considered to be the most opulent appellation in the region and produces wines that are renowned for their richness and power. Wine expert Hugh Johnson has even gone as far as to declare that if he had to choose just one commune in Bordeaux to top the list, it would undoubtedly be Pauillac. This village, situated on the left bank of Gironde and located between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, spans over 1,200 hectares and is the largest in the Médoc, with a population of more than 5,000.

The vineyards in Pauillac are mainly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, although they also include blends of other grape varieties, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Despite its relatively small size, Pauillac's terroir differs significantly from the surrounding wine regions, which has allowed the winemakers to develop a unique and expert understanding of the area's flavor profiles. They have become skilled in accentuating the unique flavors of each individual vineyard, resulting in wines that showcase the essence of Pauillac.

The region's wines are characterized by a stark and blunt style, with a dominant flavor of black currant and hints of cedar-wood aromas. The wines are known for their robust and powerful nature, making them a favorite among wine enthusiasts worldwide. If you're a wine lover, then Pauillac is undoubtedly an appellation that you should experience for yourself.

About the brand Chateau Haut Batailley

Historically the estate was part of château batailley until its purchase by the brothers françois and marcel borie in 1932, and division into two properties 1942, in order to prevent inheritance difficulties.the smaller part which did not include the batailley château became the property of françois borie who added to its vineyards with land acquisitions from château duhart-milon while also running château ducru-beaucaillou.following his death in 1953, the property passed on to his daughter françoise de brest-borie, while being administered by her brother and ducru-beaucaillou owner jean-eugène borie.

The estate is still run by the borie family who also own château ducru-beaucaillou and château grand-puy-lacoste.

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