Grape: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes: Dark fruit, Cassis, Red currant, Oak
Château Batailley, a 5th Growth Pauillac of the famed 1855 Classification, is Borie-Manoux’s flagship property. The name is derived from the battle (bataille) that took place during the Hundred Years’ War around 1453, designating where the château and vineyard are today. In 1961 the estate was transferred to Denise and Emile Casteja. Their son Philippe Casteja, with the help of his son, Frederic Casteja manages Chateau Batailley today. The family also owns Chateau Lynch-Moussas, Chateau Trottevieille and other Bordeaux estates as well as a massive Negociant company, Borie-Manoux, which dates back to 1870.
Utterly sumptuous, this is a real triumph for 2014. The vintage’s freshness is present and correct. Batailley is a typical Pauillac, with very good structure. medium-bodied with supple tannin, uplifting acidity, good depth and body. The palate flaunts flavors of cassis, black plum, black cherry, oak, earth, vanilla, clove, cigar box, red currant, with a hint of leather. Will pair wonderfully with roasted leg of lamb.