2014 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
The 2014 Batailley has a slightly more mature color than its peers. The nose is completely different: much more red fruit, dried blood, white pepper and warm gravel scents. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, rigid tannin. The acidity is nicely judged although I find the finish here lacking the delineation and precision of its peers. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
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The 2014 Haut Batailley is powerful, dense and tightly wound, with terrific energy underpinning the fruit. The 2014 has really come together nicely over the last two years. Today, the flavors are fresh, aromatic and lifted and there is lovely depth and intensity to the wine. A bit more time in bottle should help the tannins soften. Drinking range: 2019 - 2039 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (Feb 2017)
Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 The name "Batailley" appears to be derived from a battle that occured on the sight in 1453 during the Hundred Years War. During the early 19th Century, Batailley was owned by Daniel Guestier who did much to raise the reputation of the estate such that it was rated a 5th Growth in the 1855 classification. Batailley was purchased in 1932 by François and Marcel Borie who divided the estate between themselves in 1942, with François taking the half that became Haut Batailley and Marcel continuing as Batailley. Marcel's daughter married into the Castéja family, who own Batailley to this day. The two Batailleys are in the south of Pauillac, a little way inland from the Pichons. The 57ha of vines are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Wines spend up to 18 months is wood, with 55% being new every year.
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