ABOUT THE WINE
Chateau Batailley is Borie-Manoux’s and the Castéja-family’s flagship winery. One of the oldest estates in the Médoc the name is derived from the battle (“bataille”) that took place during the Hundred Years’ War and where the chateau and vineyard are sited today. The estate is currently experimenting with biodynamic farming techniques on a 5- hectare parcel and overall vinification is fairly standard, with hand-harvested grapes fully de-stemmed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place partly in tank, partly in barrel, and the wine is then aged in 60% new French oak for about 16 months before bottling. Since 1995, subtle changes have seen the wines achieve more delicacy and purity of fruit-character, resulting in wines of greater finesse which still remain true to their Pauillac roots.
Fresh, bright red fruit on the nose with a medium-bodied palate that sings with crème de cassis, blueberry, dark chocolate and cedar. A classic vintage, rich and voluptuous wine with beautifully textured tannins that will only grow softer after a few years of further ageing.
From veal to pork, beef to duck - roasted, braised or grilled – this wine loves to partner the savoury umami of classic meat dishes. Perhaps surprisingly it can also pair well with robust Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like seared tuna-steak and full flavoured vegetable gratins.
This wine will never cease to surprise, glass after glass, and is unquestionably moreish. Drinking beautifully now but still retains some solid ageing potential.