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Spotlight on: Chateau Batailley

CHATEAU BATAILLEY - PAUILLAC

LOCATION: France - Bordeaux

GRAPE VARIETIES PLANTED: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

PAUILLAC:

Pauilliac is arguably the most prestigious of the Bordeaux regions as it is home to the three first growth chateaux - more than any other appellation in the region. Located on the Left Bank of the Girande estuary sandwiched between St Julien to the south and Sainte-Estephe to the north. Vineyards in Pauillac are dominated by cabernet sauvignon and wines are rich, full bodied and tannic meaning they age extremely well.

THE CHATEAU:

Chateau Batailley is a fifth growth wine of Bordeaux that has been in operation since the 1400’s making it one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux. The name Batailley comes from a battle that was fought in the ground of the chateau during the Hundred Year War in the 1400’s in which the French managed to regain control of Chateau Latour from the English.

Daniel Guestier, a well known negotiant bought the chateau in the early 1800’s and invested a lot of money into the estate’s wine making facilities and was instrumental in establishing the Pauillac’s reputation. Following Guestier’s death the chateau was acquired by Constant Halphen and then later by the Borie family. Fast-forward to today and Batailly is owned by Denise and Emile Casteja of the Borie-Manoux negotiants.

In 1942 the Chateau was divided into two separate wine estates that still operate today. These are Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut Batailley.

Chateau Batailley today has a reputation for quality and also value for money, many consider it to be among the best wines in the Pauillac region.

WHY NOT TRY:

Chateau Batailley - 2011 - £52.00

This is a lovely wine with opulent plum colour. Blackcurrant fruit is backed up with earthy tobacco aromas. This wine will age for the next 15 years.