Chateau Batailley 2017
1 or more bottles$124.99
James Suckling94 points
The Wine Advoca92+ points
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.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"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 Advocate92+
"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."
"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"
"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"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
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.
Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.
In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.
The most Opulent Appellation within Bordeaux, Rich and Powerful Wines. Wine writer Hugh Johnson once said 'If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac'. Wines from Pauillac are known to be the quintessence of Bordeaux wines. Located on the left bank of Gironde, situated between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, the village of Pauillac is the largest in the Médoc with a population of over 5,000. Spanning an area of 1,200 hectares, the grapes grown in the vineyards of this area are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also includes blends of other grape types such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The terroir of Pauillac differs more than that would be expected of such a relatively small area when compared to the other surrounding wine regions. Because of this, the winemakers of Pauillac have become very experienced in accentuating each of their own unique flavours in a bottle. The overall feel of the region is known to have a stark, blunt style with a dominating fruit flavour of black currant, along with hints of cedar-wood aromas.
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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.