The estate has enjoyed a solid reputation for years and wine critics have been rather impress with the refined and complex wines produced on site. Chateau Batailley is seen as an affordable ‘true Pauillac’ style.
Nose has started to open and reveals mulberry, wild strawberry and leather aromas with a touch of minerality. A refined and well balanced Pauillac with fine tannin.
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. 2020 - 2040- 91 pts Neal Martin, vinous.com