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Château Batailley Cinqième Cru Pauillac 2008

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*90 points - Robert Parker* Château Batailley, a 5th Grand Cru Classé, is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. The name is derived from the battle ("bataille") that took place where the Cháteau and vineyard are today during the 100 years war in 1452. A few years later the first vines were planted. Batailley is an intensive typical Pauillac, with Cassis and very good structure. Very stable quality across the vintages due to the very old vines. Solid in colour. loads of fine fruit on the nose, with a toasty base. The 2008 is elegant and nicely balanced. An expressive wine, tasty with good length. The wine is vinified in the traditional manner and matured in Limousin oak barrels for 16-18 months. This mellow and complex wine would perfectly match the finest of celebratory dinners. Enjoy now, or can be cellared further until 2028+. "Wood spice, earth, black currant and sweet cherry characteristics are found in this elegant, medium to full-bodied, surprisingly rich, well-textured effort. From the bottle, it confirms the high quality I noted two years ago from barrel. More forward than usual for Batailley, it is a dark plum-hued wine that requires 2-4 years of bottle age, but should easily last 15+ years" - 90 points, Robert Parker, May 2011

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*90 points - Robert Parker* Château Batailley, a 5th Grand Cru Classé, is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. The name is derived from the battle ("bataille") that took place where the Cháteau and vineyard are today during the 100 years war in 1452. A few years later the first vines were planted. Batailley is an intensive typical Pauillac, with Cassis and very good structure. Very stable quality across the vintages due to the very old vines. Solid in colour. loads of fine fruit on the nose, with a toasty base. The 2008 is elegant and nicely balanced. An expressive wine, tasty with good length. The wine is vinified in the traditional manner and matured in Limousin oak barrels for 16-18 months. This mellow and complex wine would perfectly match the finest of celebratory dinners. Enjoy now, or can be cellared further until 2028+. "Wood spice, earth, black currant and sweet cherry characteristics are found in this elegant, medium to full-bodied, surprisingly rich, well-textured effort. From the bottle, it confirms the high quality I noted two years ago from barrel. More forward than usual for Batailley, it is a dark plum-hued wine that requires 2-4 years of bottle age, but should easily last 15+ years" - 90 points, Robert Parker, May 2011

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