Ranked as a 5eme Grand Cru Classe in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Chateau Batailley is known for producing wines of a consistent high quality in a classic Paulliac style. With wines tending to be intense and concentrated, with flavours of cassis and a very good structure, Chateau Batailley remains a great value Left Bank, with recent vintages showing ever greater finesse and complexity. Dating from the 15th Century, the Chateau is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc. The Chateau’s name derives from the French word for battle – ‘bataille’ – as in 1453 the French reconquered the neighbouring Chateau Latour from after battling the English on the grounds where the Chateau and vineyards are today.

Throughout the years the Chateau has frequently changed ownership, however the improvements and modernisation made after Daniel Guestier bought the Chateau in 1816 can be viewed as the reason for the Chateau’s success in the 1855 classification. The estate was purchased by the Borie family in 1932 who divided it into two separate properties: Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut Batailley. Marcel Bourie oversaw Chateau Batailley until his daughter Denise and her husband took the reins in 1961. It is Marcel’s grandson, Phillipe Casteja, and great grandson, Frederic, who manage the estate today.

This Left Bank estate is split between the Pouyalet plateau to the North and Saint-Lambert in the South. It benefits from an oceanic microclimate that regulates and supports the development of vines. The 60 hectares of vineyards have deep gravel soils with clay and limestone subsoil allow for optimal drainage and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The vines have an average age of 40 years and are hand-harvested and fully de-stemmed before moving to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place partly in tank, partly in barrel, and the wine is then aged in barriques, 60% new, for at  least 12 months before bottling. In addition to their flagship wine Chateau Batailley launched their Second Wine, Lions de Batailley, in 2015 and followed up with a Third Wine, Pauillac de Batailley, in 2019.

Available Wines

2016 Abreu, Madrona Ranch, Napa Valley 6x75cl

£2,800/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2021 Alvaro Palacios, Ermita, Priorat DOC 3x75cl

£2,500/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2023 Alvaro Palacios, Aubaguetes, Priorat DOC 3x75cl

£786/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Dec 2025

2023 Alvaro Palacios, Gratallops, Priorat DOC 6x75cl

£198/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Dec 2025

2016 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£858/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2016 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 1x150cl

£290/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2017 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 1x75cl

£107/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2014 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£695/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2017 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£680/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2013 Arnaud Ente, Meursault 1x75cl

£530/CaseDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate