"Deep colour. Classic wine with intense blackberry, juicy black cherry pastille aromas and roasted chestnut/ coffee notes. Beautiful sweet blackcurrant pastille fruit, supple fine tannins and perfectly integrated oak. Finishes inky and long with integrated but linear fresh acidity. Bloody good. For the long haul. Will be a classic from this producer. Tasted at Chateau Batailley/ Borie Manoux."
97 points - Andrew Caillard MW
"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."
95-96 points - James Suckling
"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."
93-95 points - Neal Martin
"Lifted, sweet and very Pauillac on the nose. Thick and sweet on the palate though – rather different from the nose. Pretty sharp on the palate with some overtones of the right bank even though the nose is pure Pauillac. Quite a dramatic play, this wine! Drama in spades."
17+/20 points - Jancis Robinson
"Shows beautiful, ripe cabernet aromas with currants, plums, meat and smoke. Flowers, too. Full body, deep and ripe fruit and exquisite, ripe tannins. Flavorful finish. Tight right now, but shows excellent potential. Best ever. Try after 2024."
96 Points, JamesSuckling.com
Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most acclaimed appellation, the only one with three Premier Cru properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour. These and other Pauillac chateaux produce robust, full-flavored and long-lived red wines made from Cabernet-based blends. Though winemaking techniques and microclimates vary throughout Pauillac, producing some variations in style, classic Pauillac wines have juicy flavours of blackcurrant and cedar, often with coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Pauillac, part of the Médoc region on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has gravelly and well-drained soils that force vines to grow long and strong roots. Struggling a bit for water, the vines produce grapes with high tannins and concentrated juices. Nearby rivers and the Atlantic Ocean modulate temperatures, preventing the grapes from ripening too quickly. Such grapes make powerful wines that may age and improve for decades. However, in Pauillac, as in other old-world wine regions, some winemakers are working to develop softer red wines that maintain the local wines’ traditional substance and flavours, but are more approachable immediately upon release.
Chateau BatailleyChateau Batailley is a 5th growth classified estate, located in the appellation of Pauillac on the left bank of Bordeaux. Owned by the Castéja family of négociants Borie-Manoux, it is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc. The name Batailley derives from the French word "bataille" (battle). It is thought that a battle did indeed take place in 1453 during the 100-years war, in the exact location of the property. Chateau Batailley has 55 hectares of vineyard holdings planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. A solid, reliable Pauillac, Chateau Batailley is known for its classic, slightly austere style and structure. Improvements in viticultural practices over the last few years have seen the wine display a greater emphasis of fruit.