Batailley 2003

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 2003 Batailley continues to be one of the better Left Banks of the vintage. On the nose, ripe black cherries mixed with cassis are all nicely defined and holding on to their freshness. It manifests spicy aromas, almost Moroccan-inspired, as it gradually opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dense black fruit, a little tarry in texture with firm tannin considering that it is now 12 years old. You could broach this Pauillac now, but it should give another 10-12 years of pleasure without too much difficulty. Tasted April 2016.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2016 - 2031 30 June 2017

Very dark. Warm berries on the nose. Very fresh and lively for the vintage with hardly any dry tannins. Well done! Rewarding, juicy. Cool fermentation nad not much extraction.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2010-2018 15 March 2011

Dark ruby/purple with hints of melted licorice, underbrush, black currants, and cedar, this is a surprisingly elegant, mid-weight Medoc with relatively high tannins, old-style, classic austerity, and the need for some bottle age. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-16 years.

Score: 88

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2025 30 April 2006

Aromas of blackberry and currant with hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2011. 16,665 cases made.

Score: 90

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2011+ 31 March 2006