The commune of Pauillac is the epitome of powerful, austere Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines that blossom with decades of maturity. Famous for Lafite, Mouton, Latour, the Pichons and Pontet-Canet, the wines are luxuriously…

The commune of Pauillac is the epitome of powerful, austere Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines that blossom with decades of maturity. Famous for Lafite, Mouton, Latour, the Pichons and Pontet-Canet, the wines are luxuriously priced and hugely sought-after. Value is hard to find in Pauillac.

The Castéja family’s 2006 investment in the Fifth Growth Château Batailley has yielded great results. Tasted blind, Jancis Robinson MW gave the classic 2012 vintage 17.5 points; a high score for Jancis. ‘Big and bold and makes a splash. I might have guessed a Pichon if they participated in the UGC blind tasting,’ she wrote. High praise indeed as both Pichons are over twice the price!

The blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, it is not far off the stunning 2010. It is not quite in its maturity window and will age well for 2 decades but, for those who enjoy younger wines, Robert Parker notes that it ‘has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012’.

We don’t offer Batailley en-primeur due to its exclusive agents so here is a great opportunity to buy a solid-gold Pauillac cru classé.

Tasting notes:

Château Batailley, Pauillac 2012 – R 795
From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012. Drink it over the next 25 years. Drink: 2015 – 2040. – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 92/100

Blackish purple. Unusually savoury – meat-extract notes. Interesting! Then sweet and voluptuous on the palate. Very different structure to the St-Juliens. Big and bold and makes a splash. I might have guessed a Pichon if they participated in the UGC blind tasting… Just cuts off a little suddenly on the finish. – Jancis Robinson MW, 17.5/20

 

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