In 1452 a crucial battle during the Hundred Years War saw the English held Chateau Latour be reconquered by French armies. This battle would inspire the name of Chateau Batailley which would have its first vineyards planted on the bloodsoaked field, some years later. In 1855 Chateau Batailley would be labeled a Fifth Growth in the classification of the Medoc.
Today, Chateau Batailley is the flagship property among the ten chateaux of the Borie-Manoux empire.
Made in a more charming style than the normally backward, rather formidably tannic wines of Batailley, this 2010 is an endearing, elegant wine, but it has no shortage of power, richness and intensity. It displays loads of beautiful cassis, cedar and Christmas fruitcake notes along with impressive purity, texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Usually much more austere, this vintage seems to have produced a richer, more layered and opulent style of Batailley that can be approached in 3-5 years and consumed over the following 25 years.
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Batailley 2010 has a vibrant lifted bouquet with blackberry, hints of black olive, cedar and a pinch of bay leaf. It is very precise and shows good attack. The palate is quite fleshy and succulent on the entry, perhaps belying the firm backbone underneath. It fans out beautifully towards the spicy finish, making this a superb Batailley that challenges the supremacy of the 2009. Excellent. Tasted November 2012.
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