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Château Batailley

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2018 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 93

The crème de cassis is strong here and it's the perfect match for the full-bodied, ripe, round, dark, fresh, spicy red berry palate. The tannins are powerful, yet refined, which is perfect for all that juicy, peppery fruit in the finish. If you can wait and give this wine 7-9 years or more before popping a cork, you will experience all of its true Pauillac character. The wine was made from blending 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5% alcohol. 92-94 Pts

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2017 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 92

Cigar box, tobacco, crème de cassis and forestry create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine offers soft, polished, dark red fruits, spice, blackberry and tobacco. Nearly forward in style, this is a charming Pauillac that will age for at least 2 decades with little effort. The wine was made from blending 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.6% alcohol.

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2016 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 93

If you like, and coax the glass just a but you can find cigar box, tobacco, truffle, smoke and blackberries. The wine is medium/full bodied with round tannins and a crispy bite of cassis in the almost creamy finish. Give the wine 7-10 years in the cellar for the Pauillac firmness to subside and ennjoy it over the following 2 decades or more. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

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Classic in nature, the cassis has a crispness to its that character you can bite into. Full-bodied, with sweetness to the fruits, freshness, you can easily find nuances of tobacco, cigar wrapper, cedarwood and hints of black pepper. The tannins are ripe and the structure is here for long-term aging potential.

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Cassis and blackberries, creamy tannins, juicy, fresh berries, medium/full bodied with a blast of sweet, black currants in the finish, the wine has freshness, fruit and length and could be the best vintage in the history of the estate. Made from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 70% of the harvest. The picking took place from October 3 to October 10. This is one of the latest harvests in the history of the property.

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2015 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 92

Tasty style of Pauillac, with soft tannins, concentration, dark red fruits and a blast of juicy, ripe, cassis, tobacco and very dark chocolate on the palate. This wine has freshness, with traditional Pauillac character. Give it 6-8 years in the cellar before popping a cork.

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In the middle or at the top of my initial score range is where this is going to end up. The quality of the cassis is strong on this one. Full bodied, fresh and earthy, and already with a cigar in its mouth, this is a very good Paullac.

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Sun-ripened blackberries, thyme and a hint of forest floor give way to a blast of succulent cassis, dark chocolate and tobacco on the palate. This wine has freshness, ripe tannins and a juicy, crisp finish with traditional Pauillac character. Made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.25% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 60% of the harvest. 91 - 93 Pts

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2014 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 92

A sold example of a classic Pauillac, when the word classic is a good thing. Ripe, juicy, crisp and sweet, fresh cassis, with soft, but stern tannins that demand time in the cellar. A decade of patience will allow the tobacco, cedar and earthy notes to make their presence known, once the wine softens and comes together. The wine was made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

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2013 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 88

Medium bodied with crisp red berries and tobacco and espresso on the nose, this lighter, uncomplicated style of Pauillac—produced from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot—will show best in its youth. 87-89 Pts.

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2012 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

The blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot produced a wine with cassis, black cherry, earth and a hint of oak on the nose, soft tannins and classic, Cabernet Sauvignon finish. This is showing much better in bottle than it did in barrel, which is always a good sign.

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2011 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 89

Forward, medium-bodied, early drinking, correct Pauillac with a fresh, bright character, ending with slightly dusty tannins, blackberry, cassis and a hint of cranberry in the background.

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2010 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 93

Only a few more years of bottle age has added a lot to this wine. Juicy cassis, blackberry, tobacco, smoke, cedar aromatics pop with no effort. Refined tannins and an elegant, medium.full bodied palate presence, with a bite of cassis in the end note are what you'll find here. This should be close to peak with another 7-8 years or so of age, and continue from there offering nice drinking for another decade or 2.

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A very nice Pauillac filled with cassis, blackberry, olive tapenade, earth and some cigar box notes. From a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. the wine has good concentration of flavor, ripe, but noticeable tannins and rich, spicy, cassis filled finish. This will only get better with time.

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2009 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

Leafy green aromas, forest floor, wet earth, campfire and earthy red fruits hit your glass easily. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium bodied, and spicy, with an earthy red pit fruit finish. This is in its prime time drinking window, so enjoy this classic Pauillac over the next decade or two with ease.

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From a blend of 74% Caberent Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and equal parts Cabert Franc and Petit Verdot, this could be one of the best values in Pauillac from the 2009 vintage. Filled with fresh, blackberry, earth, cedar, tobacco and earth, soft tannins, round textures and a rich, delicious, earthy, ripe cassis and spice finish.

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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.

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2007 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

My British friends would call this a perfect example of a luncheon Claret, and they are right. Fully ready to go, the wine is medium bodied, with a tobacco, cedar, dark red fruit and earthy, forest nose. The wine does not offer volume or weight, but its fresh, earthy, soft and with a bright, red, earthy, slightly herbal finish.

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2006 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

Still deep in color, with cigar box, cassis, fresh herbs and spice filled aromatics, the wine is medium/full bodied, with good freshness and crisp, red fruits in the finish. This is just starting to enter its prime time drinking window. But there is no hurry to drink it as should have at least a few decades of life and evolution in its future.

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Firm, tannic, structured and filled with cassis, smoke, earth and tobacco, give this at least another 5 or more years for the tannins to soften.

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2005 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 92

Classic Pauillac, with tannin, structure. freshness, crisp fruit, firm elegance and a blast of cassis, cedar and tobacco. Still young, and seems to be holding some of its cards in reserve. Clearly, this has improved over the past decade and will definitely be more interesting to drink with another 5 years of bottle age.

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From a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is dark in color, with cassis, stone, plum and tobacco scents. With ample chewy tannins, good concentration of flavor and freshness, this traditionally styled Pauillac needs at least another decade before it softens and comes together.

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2004 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 89

Medium bodied, with fresh cassis, tobacco and cedar wood aromas, the tannins are fine, with no harshness, but there is an herbal, olive note in the finish some tasters will like more than others.

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2003 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Nice, well priced, medium bodied, ready to drink classy Pauillac with loads of ripe, sweet fruit, tobacco, wet earth and thyme on the nose. There is freshness along with soft, dark red fruits and cassis in the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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2000 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 90

This has a lot of easy to like Pauillac charm with its cedar, cassis, tobacco and earthy profile. Tannic, giving the wine a backbone and the ability to age, but the tannins are not overwhelming, this classic wine is fine to drink now, but another 2-3 years will add more complexity to the wine.

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1990 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 87

Full developed, classic in style, with a strong lean to the bright, cassis and cranberry side of the classic, leaner style range, the wine offers notes of herbs, tobacco, green herb and leafy essences in the nose and palate. This is fully mature.

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1982 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 91

Classic style of Left Bank Bordeaux with a blast of cedar wood, tobacco, burnt wood, cigar box, cherry and cassis on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly stern in character, with a hint of rusticity in the tannins, the finish was fresh, with an earthy, spicy, red berry and cranberry ending. Fully mature, this was just popped and poured...

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1929 Château Batailley  (Pauillac) 93

Sensual, with that silky, patina of age, sweet cassis and cherry, with Cuban cigars, tobacco, ash and earth. What a treat!

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