The Sommelier's Choice - Batailley 2007
Sommeliers in the world’s top restaurants are famous for being able to sniff out a bargain. Other than providing their customers with impeccable service and a wealth of wine knowledge, their whole raison d’être is to get the best wine on the list for the budget they have.
So when we see that one of our biggest selling wines, Batailley 2007, is being bought almost exclusively by London’s top restaurants, we thought we should share the secret with you.
The very reason Batailley 2007 is being targeted, rather than many other wines from the same vintage, is because it defies the characteristics normally associated with the vintage by delivering a classic, structured, and complex wine, full of dark berry fruit.
On top of its gloriously atypical features, Batailley 2007 provides great value as it already shows sophisticated, savoury and detailed notes of maturity. The tannins have also softened making it an absolute pleasure to drink now – a feature that is of the utmost importance to a top sommelier.
To make absolutely sure that this wine was as good as we thought it was, and worthy of a Neal Martin tasting note labelling it as “very impressive”, we put it to the test. As we are now starting to run out of stock, we needed to find a replacement. So into a blind line-up of 12 other Bordeaux reds it went, most at a similar price-point, some much more. The result? It beat every single one into first place.
So while our hunt continues to find a replacement, make sure you take advantage of this great-value, beautifully classic Claret while it’s still available. Just don’t expect London’s top sommeliers to thank you for it when you do.
Minimum order – 1 case
Immediately available from stock
|All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. An impressive showing of Batailley, this is the best bottle that I have encountered. It is rather closed and introspective on the nose with touches of mulberry, wild strawberry and gravel. Fine definition, opening up all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry, fine tannins, lovely caressing texture, the Merlot counterbalancing the austere finish. This is very impressive.
A medium-deep garnet colour, with a meaty nose of plum, leather and classic cedar and blackcurrant. The palate is soft, smooth and supple - the tannins are silky and integrated into the fruit, allowing notes of black cherry, forest floor, game and pencil shavings to shine through. This is an absolute classic for the region, with superb approachability that allows for real harmony between cool, sweet fruit and savoury, spicy development. Perfect to drink now.