Château Batailley, a 5th Grand Cru Classé of the classification of 1855, is the family Castéja’s and Borie-Manoux’s flagship. It is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. The name is derived from the battle that took place where the chateau and vineyard are today - during the 100-years war in the in 1452. In this battle, the French re-conquered the neighbouring Chateau Latour from the English, a crucial point in the history of Aquitaine. A few years later the first vines were planted on this historical and blood soaked grounds. Chateau Batailley’s garden was designed by Barillet-Deschamps, Napoleon III’s garden architect. In 1855 Napoleon III created the classification for the Grands Crus Classés of the Medoc. And Batailley was knighted Grand Cru. Batailley is a typical Pauillac, with a beautiful, black fruit intensity and very good structure. Very stable quality across the vintages due to the very old vines.
A classic Pauillac, powerful, muscular and intense. The bouquet is fragrant with a touch of graphite and underlay of cedar oak. The palate is sturdy with firm tannins, the intensity of blackcurrant fruit is so impressive with smouldering tobacco and smoke giving added dimension. A multilayered wine of great breeding.
Enjoy with Beef en Crôute with seasonal vegetables.
Vinification takes place in a total of 60, temperature controlled stainless steel vats that vary in size from 110 hectoliters to 130 hectoliters. The vats do not vary much in size, as the majority of parcels are quite similar in size at close to 1 hectare per parcel. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. On average, the wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 16 to 18 months.