2018 Château Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac

On the nose pencil shavings and graphite, stony and savoury. This is very pauillac, concentrated and intense, with classically styled fruit and tannins. Doesn’t disappoint.

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  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    25% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
    2% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2040
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Medoc & Sauternes)
2018 Château Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac


The 2018 Batailley is deep garnet-purple in color and offers up bright Morello cherries, black raspberries and redcurrant notes over a cassis and plum preserves core with a waft of dried mint. Full-bodied with a good core of juicy fruit, it has approachable, ripe tannins and a lively lift to the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)

This has a less luxurious feel than some Pauillacs but it has an effortless to it that is not always the case in 2018 and still with the traditional edge of the appellation that you want from these estates with menthol, eucalyptus and cigar typicity. It has firm tannins with clear signs of well-controlled extractions and presents as rich purple with violet edging. I have had the 2009 vintage of Batailley a few times recently, and there is something here of the same generosity of spirit to the brambly fruits, with lovely juice running through what are clearly fairly hefty tannins. I'll be very surprised if this is not an exceptionally enjoyable bottle to open in eight to 10 years’ time. Great stuff from owners Philippe and Frederic Casteja. A yield of 52hl/ha. 3.6pH.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)

This is very structured and dense with lots of fruit and tannin, yet it’s tight and long. Linear and racy. Muscular.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)

The 2018 Batailley is powerful and resonant in the glass, with terrific textural richness and plenty of underlying structure as well. Lavender, rose petal, mint and spice infuse a rich, sumptuous Pauillac loaded with personality. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)

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