Batailley 2005 (OWC 12)
Price: $600 / bottle
|Classification:||5eme Grand Cru Classe|
|Minimum order:||12 bottles|
By Neal Martin of Wine Advocate in 2017 (WA93)
Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 2005 Batailley continues to be an excellent Pauillac that I suspect is overshadowed by some of its more illustrious and, let’s not forget, more expensive neighbors. Here, it has an effervescent bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit and superb mineralité. This is extremely well focused, with hints of rose petal emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannin than in previous years. I feel there is still some oak to be fully absorbed, so don’t be afraid to cellar this 2005 for another four or five years; but, even at this early stage, you can appreciate its precision on the graphite-infused finish. The 2005 Batailley is where the estate began its upward swing that is continuing to this day.
Drink Date 2018 – 2045
By James Suckling in 2013 (JS91)
Very muscular and powerful with lots of tannins now, but it will come around. Full body and dense. Leave this alone for three or four years.