Batailley 2011

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

This year, the 2011 is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon (the highest ever), 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 38hl/ha between 14th and 26th September. During the growing season they had to undertake two green harvests and also sorted the crop twice. The nose is reticent at first and demands coaxing from the glass. It eventually reveals blackberry, cedar, a touch of oyster shell and just a very faint hint of orange blossom. It is nicely composed, although it does not have the bravura penetration of the 2010 or 2009. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins on the entry. It demonstrates fine weight and cohesion, good substance and depth of fruit whilst the finish is a little sinewy with touches of spice inflecting the blackberry and briary fruit. Fine and unashamedly very classic, as one would expect for Batailley. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 30 April 2012

Darkest cherry crimson. Restrained spicy dark fruit. Sweeter and more chocolatey on the palate, both in flavour and texture. Supple savour from the tannins. Harmonious in a restrained style. Refined tannins. Moreish finish. (JH)

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2018-2030 16 April 2012

Dark plum, black currant and fig notes are melded together at the core, with ample tobacco and roasted wood spice hints starting to fill in along the edges. There's lots of singed wood on the finish, but also plenty of flesh and drive. A little bit old-school.

Score: 90 - 93

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 11 April 2012

This is very fresh currants, minerals and graphite on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a minty, light wood finish with pretty fruit. 11% Merlot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

Score: 89 - 90

James Suckling, 01 April 2012