The 2015 Batailley is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a lively fresh blackberry, red cherry and violet-scented bouquet that might coerce you into thinking it was from Margaux! It is very well defined, though, and gains intensity with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supple in the mouth and certainly more approachable than the Batailleys of old. It feels harmonious and poised, supple and lithe on the finish with a satisfying saline aftertaste. There is something very assured about this Batailley, and it should drink well for many years. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Batailley is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot cropped at 48 hl/ha picked between 17-30 September. Matured in around 55-60% new oak, it has a very focused, intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and mineral notes, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style as those violets blossom with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, a touch of white pepper here lending edginess, gradually building to a very composed and structured finish. This is an excellent Batailley, meliorated by the introduction of a second wine, that continues the upswing in quality over the last six or seven years. I would not be surprised if this settles at the top of my banded score once in bottle. Drink 2022-2050
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Impressive depth to the wine from the outset with a gently smoky edge to the ripe blackberries, blueberries and red plums. Some attractive spicy oak here, too. The mid-weight palate has a very composed and linear shape with a long, succulent and regal finish. Great polish and balance here; the structure is superb. Try from 2022.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
Wow. The shows a new level of excellence with mint, mineral and currant character. Full body, super fine tannins and a savory finish. New definition here. Precision. New second wine from this estate moved up the quality.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Tasted blind. Paler than most. Smudgy rim. Sweet biscuit oak on the nose. Very juicy and sweet. Pretty charming and easy until some aggressive edgy tannins muscle in on the finish.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
48 hl/ha. Very dark crimson. Attractive fresh minerality. Many steps up from Lions de Batailley. Racy and quite muscular. Not very intense but well balanced and with sufficient energy.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
A well situated vineyard in Pauillac that can be relied upon to produce a consistent wine of classic Medoc style and breed. Quality has been extremely good in recent vintages whilst prices have remained reasonable. The Chateau is now producing a second wine - Lion de Batailley - which will further increase the quality of the grand vin and reduce the quantity by around 30-40%. 60% new oak here and a classic Pauillac blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Deep colour with a graphite and wood smoke nose. The palate is ripe with black cherry and toasty with spicy new oak and hints of licquorice. Power of fruit builds on the finish to give cassis and menthol, with a creamy edge thanks to the new oak.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
Located in Pauillac, Château Batailley has made a beautiful 2015, but it’s going to need time to integrate its oak. Made from primarily Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 20% Merlot and just a splash of Petit Verdot, it gives up lots of red currants, coffee, and cedary, woody spice characteristics as well as a meaty undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and polished on the palate, with ripe, yet present tannin, give bottle 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades or more. Tasted once. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The nose is bright the fruit on the start of the palate fresh the fruit backed by firm tannins. Richer in the middle a black cherry cassis mix concentration on the back palate the finish is tight the tannins very firm.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Soft, attractive and easy on the palate, this fig and orange peel-scented blend is supple and
beguiling on the palate, with scented vanilla oak and some underlying acidity. A good wine
for the medium term. Drink: 2020-28
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
A chunk, oaky, mineral nose doesn’t hint at any fruit whatsoever, but thankfully there is restrained cassis on the palate
albeit rather hidden by cool tannins. This is not a particularly sensual wine and it is rather short and I needed to work
hard s-whirling away like a dervish to get much response.
|Score: 16.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|