Source: 227, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 28th Oct 2016 (RP-90)
The 2013 Batailley has a relatively backward bouquet, however, there is respectable fruit concentration here for the vintage: blackberry, cedar and cigar box, your typical traits for this estate. The palate offers commendable weight and extraction: not a Batailley of finesse or even complexity, though one with a modicum of presence and substance. Given this is a 2013 there is negligible under-ripeness on the tensile and almost steely finish. I can see this giving 10-15 years of pleasure and it represents a very commendable wine in the context of the growing season.
Drink Date 2017 – 2027
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (JS-90)
A fine and balanced red with currants, chocolate and cedar character. Full to medium body, refined texture and very harmonious. Unique blend for this estate; 94% cabernet sauvignon and the rest in merlot and petit verdot. Drink or hold.
The 1st wine of the Ch?teau, designation of origin Pauillac, 5th Grand Cru Class? since 1855, is typical of Pauillac. With a beautiful dark ruby ??color, its nose reveals an elegant, rich and intense bouquet with aromas of black fruits and red fruits.
On the palate, it is well structured, balanced, with pronounced notes of blackcurrant and spices. It also offers a beautiful and long finish.
Considered a great wine for laying down, it ages extremely well and can be kept for many years before being tasted.
The color is garnet and the nose is nicely spicy. The palate is fresh and elegant, lovely notes of liquorice and leather, half-bodied, nicely constituted. Spicy finish. Nice success.