2020 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac


Good open aromatics jump out of the glass. Soft plums and whiff of cedar wood on the nose. Bright on palate - good frame. Claretty, nicely upright, but soft flesh too. More blackberries and purple fruit. Some damson and darker notes on the back end. Tar and stone too but then some riper fruit lines come though. Nice gently sweet feel of deep red compote on the finish. Very Pauillac and quite restrained really, but showing some proper class. This is what Batailley does so well - classic but charming.
It was very dry from mid June to Mid August. Not a drop of rain fell and you can sense that heat in the fruit feel and concentration somewhat, but it is not overdone. This is attractive. Fine tannins build quite gracefully but lots of ripe and intense fruit too.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.
L&S (May 2021)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

Market Insight: Batailley always make you feel intelligent for buying En Primeur, then opening it in 10 years when it's almost twice the price. Stack a few cases in the cellar, forget about them and be overjoyed when you open them in a decade. L&S (May 2021)

Takes its time to unroll then shows sweetness to the black cherry and brambled blackberries fruits, followed by cigar, pencil lead and crushed stone. This is signature Batailley in that it has that essence-of-Pauillac feel. A delicious wine, such a great great drinking claret, really one to look out for in this vintage; already looking forward to drinking this in 10 years time. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak. A yield of 42hl/ha. Drinking range: 2028 - 2042 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

This is classically structured with a wonderful finish of extremely polished tannins and an ultra long finish. So much blackcurrant, spice and cedar. Seamless. 70% cabernet sauvignon and 26% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, (Apr 2021)

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Dark fruit with cassis notes and a graphite edge. Fine attack, juicy and refreshing but backed by a firmness of structure behind. Solid, subdued and distinctly Pauillac. Still relative value. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040 Rating: 17 James Lawther MW, (Apr 2021)

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Beautiful intense garnet colour. Very aromatic, with intense notes of fruits and a few subtle notes of spice and cedar, it is a very typical Batailley exhibiting a perfect balance with a supple texture backed by an impressive tannic structure. The mid palate is dense and long, the finish is structured and persistent. (Axel Marchal, Doctor of OEnology)Winemaker's notes (May 2021)

The 2020 Batailley is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, aging for 12-14 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. The alcohol is 13.5%. Deep purple-black in color, it offers up notes of fresh blackberries, kirsch and cassis, leading to nuances of pencil shavings, dried Mediterranean herbs and fertile loam. The medium-bodied palate has well-managed, lightly chewy tannins with just enough freshness and straightforward black fruits, finishing with an herbal lift. Drinking range: 2024 - 2037 Rating: (89 - 91)+ L&S (May 2021)

A lovely Batailley with harmony and also tension in fabulous equilibrium, this is a delicious wine with mulberry tones in among the blackcurrant theme. The oak is spot on and the tannin is, too, and so this makes Batailley a jolly nice wine in this vintage and I think it will age beautifully, too. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes (Jun 2021)

The 2020 Batailley is a potent, rustic Pauillac with huge tannins that clamp down on the mid-palate. Super-ripe black cherry fruit pushes through as the 2020 struggles to open. Today the aromatics are muted while the fruit profile and tannins suggest summer heat was a challenge. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, (Jun 2021)

The 2020 Batailley is quintessential Pauillac on the nose of very focused black fruit infused with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Classic in style, this is lightly spiced, showing impressive depth toward the finish. This estate has enjoyed a good run of form in recent years and this 2020 continues that trend. If you love the style of Batailley, you will love this. Drinking range: 2028 - 2055 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, (May 2021)

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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