2008 Château Batailley Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

2008 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Young, as you would expect, the wine is solidly built, with crisp, red, bright, but still juicy, fruits. Medium/full bodied, with hints of secondary nuances starting to pop out, the finish offers classically styled, bright, red berries, pepper and cassis. Give it another 5 years or so. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

batailley Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Batailley, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Batailley can be enjoyed on the young side with a few hours of air. But I find it too tannic to enjoy without cellaring. I find that the wine is usually better with 8-12 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best vintages, the wine will be at its best when it reached peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Batailley with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Batailley is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Batailley is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Batailley is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.