Tasting Notes and Scores
Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
Renowned Bordeaux oenologist, Denis Dubourdiu, oversees the winemaking at all of the properties owned by Philippe Casteja, which includes Batailley. Their 2005, one of the finest efforts this estate has yet produced, is backward, tannic, and almost primordial in style. Built for the long-term, it offers plenty of sweet creme de cassis fruit intermixed with smoke, cedar, and earth notes. Full-bodied and powerful, it is an old style Pauillac with well-integrated acidity as well as sweet but elevated tannins. Give it 7-8 years of bottle age, and drink it between 2015-2035.
The 2005 Batailley has closed down a little since I last tasted it: broody dark berried fruit, leather, graphite and a ferrous accent. The palate is medium-bodied with superb freshness and vitality, fine tannins, quite feminine and lithe towards the poised finish. This is a lovely Pauillac but as I mentioned previously, it deserves at least a decade of ageing. Tasted July 2011.