Batailley 2005

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 2005 Batailley continues to be an excellent Pauillac that I suspect is overshadowed by some of its more illustrious and, let's not forget, more expensive neighbors. Here, it has an effervescent bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit and superb mineralité. This is extremely well focused, with hints of rose petal emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannin than in previous years. I feel there is still some oak to be fully absorbed, so don't be afraid to cellar this 2005 for another four or five years; but, even at this early stage, you can appreciate its precision on the graphite-infused finish. The 2005 Batailley is where the estate began its upward swing that is continuing to this day. Tasted April 2016.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2018-2045 30 June 2017

The 2005 Batailley has closed down a little since I last tasted it: broody dark berried fruit, leather, graphite and a ferrous accent. The palate is medium-bodied with superb freshness and vitality, fine tannins, quite feminine and lithe towards the poised finish. This is a lovely Pauillac but as I mentioned previously, it deserves at least a decade of ageing. Tasted July 2011.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 01 January 2012

Generous and ripely fruity on the nose. Dusty and slightly dry on the end. I could do with just a little more zesty fruit on the palate. But it’s solid.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2014-2024 15 March 2011

Renowned Bordeaux oenologist, Denis Dubourdiu, oversees the winemaking at all of the properties owned by Philippe Casteja, which includes Batailley. Their 2005, one of the finest efforts this estate has yet produced, is backward, tannic, and almost primordial in style. Built for the long-term, it offers plenty of sweet crème de cassis fruit intermixed with smoke, cedar, and earth notes. Full-bodied and powerful, it is an old style Pauillac with well-integrated acidity as well as sweet but elevated tannins. Give it 7-8 years of bottle age, and drink it between 2015-2035.

Score: 91

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2015-2035 01 April 2008