Batailley 2015

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Batailley is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a lively fresh blackberry, red cherry and violet-scented bouquet that might coerce you into thinking it was from Margaux! It is very well defined, though, and gains intensity with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supple in the mouth and certainly more approachable than the Batailleys of old. It feels harmonious and poised, supple and lithe on the finish with a satisfying saline aftertaste. There is something very assured about this Batailley, and it should drink well for many years.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045 01 March 2018

The 2015 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.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2022-2050 01 April 2016

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. Try from 2022.

Score: 95

James Suckling, Maturity: 2022+ 03 February 2018

Wow. The shows a new level of excellence with mint, mineral and currant character. Full body, super fine tannins and a savory finish. New definition here. Precision. New second wine from this estate moved up the quality.

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, 01 April 2016

This Classed Growth is the epitome of classic claret, with an enviable track record of quality and value. Attractively ripe black bramble fruit, cedar and spices in moderate density. Very appealing and drinkable thanks also to particularly creamy tannins and nice length. A lovely Batailley that should reward its many fans.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners 27 April 2016

This has nice energy, with a brambly frame around the notes of cherry paste and currant preserves. There's a solid bolt of iron through the finish, with lots of tobacco. A touch old-school and solidly done.

Score: 89 - 92

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2016

48 hl/ha. Very dark crimson. Attractive fresh minerality. Many steps up from Lions de Batailley. Racy and quite muscular. Not very intense but well balanced and with sufficient energy.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2038 01 April 2015