(2011 Vintage) Robust, rather earthy fruit, then a touch of violets to lift it and a hint of leather, good wine, good future.
BBR Decanter Jancis Parker 15/20 16.5/20 17/20 90/100 Wood spice, earth, black currant and sweet cherry characteristics are found in this elegant, medium to full-bodied, surprisingly rich, well-textured effort. From the bottle, it confirms the high quality I noted two years ago from barrel. More forward than usual for Batailley, it is a dark plum-hued wine that requires 2-4 years of bottle age, but should easily last 15+ years. (Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011) The 2008, which was harvested between October 2-15, is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It exhibits Batailley’s well-known tannic profile, but the high level of polyphenols in this vintage equates to sweet tannins and no astringency whatsoever. A deep purple color is followed by sweet aromas of creme de cassis, forest floor, damp earth, licorice, and a subtle hint of wood. Part of the Batailley vineyard is only 800 meters from the St.-Julien border, but this is a classic Pauillac. The 2008 should be drinkable in 4-5 years, and last for 25-30. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2009)
Decanter(1995 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Restrained but intense spicy cassis nose. Intense, rich blackcurrant fruit; firm tannins.
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/05
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06
Wine Advocate(1997 Vintage) Rating: (80-84) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 116 on Apr-98