We are delighted to be able to offer Chateau Batailley 2016, a wine that has been awarded potentially its highest score from Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate with 93-95 points and 95-96 points from James Suckling. We have championed the stellar quality of the wines from Pauillac in 2016. Many Chateaux here have produced some of their finest wines ever and this is the case with Batailley. The 2016 Wine Advocate score matches the 2015 in barrel score, however, we expect the 2016 to surpass the 2015, with an extremely likely score of 95 or higher from bottle. The release price is £414 per case of 12 and £207 per case of six which represents a 6.25% euro increase on last year, translating to a 17% sterling increase. The price puts it at the upper limit of attractive, with the 2009 trading at £390 per case of 12, which incidentally scored 90-92 points out of barrel before being marked up to 94 points from bottle. The Estate and most critics view the 2016 as the finest modern Batailley and relative to price, this is a stunning wine. While it is not investment grade in the short-term, it is a great Pauillac, priced at £34.50 with a POP (Price Over Points) Score below 30, something we are unlikely to see from any other Classified Growth from Pauillac. We consider this one of the drinking wines of the vintage.
Chateau Batailley is the quintessential Grand Cru claret with all the necessary elements to make prodigious wine each year. It is located in the village of Pauillac, directly behind the leading Second Growths, Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron, which are in turn behind Chateau Latour. Batailley, therefore, rests on the gravel plateau which defines the great wines from this appellation. Superb terroir and exacting winemaking, under the guidance of the Casteja family, define this leading Fifth Growth, a wine popular across global markets and perennially well priced.
At the time of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux, Batailley was one of the well-known older Bordeaux estates. The property takes its name from a famous military battle, which took place during the Hundred Years’ War in 1452. In fact the battle took place in the vineyards of Batailley, a strategic point upon the high plateau.
In 1971 the then owner Daniel Guestier of Baston, a famous Bordeaux merchant, bought plots adjacent to Lynch Bages and Grand Puy Lacoste, increasing the size of the Estate. In 1942 the Chateau was divided into two properties as we know them currently; Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut Batailley, with the larger and best terroir going to Batailley.
Chateau Batailley 2016, 12×75, £414 EP
93-95 Points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
The 2016 Batailley is a blend of 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 50h hectoliters per hectare. Matured in 60% new oak. It has an intense graphite infused bouquet with fine delineation, some freshly picked Pauillac mint coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that grip the mouth insistently; with graphite and tobacco-infused black fruit dominating, this a classically styled Batailley in the vein of previous vintages with the elegance coming through towards the finish. This is one of those wines that grows on you, perhaps not as easy or as charming to taste as other Pauillac 2016s at this stage, but knowing this property well, I know how it can blossom when it matters, which is when you and I drink it.
95-96 Points, James Suckling
I thought the 2015 defined the new Batailley, but this is fantastic. Full-bodied and so tannic and powerful. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and spices. Excellent finish. Very muscular. Tight and precise.