Chateau Batailley: History in the Medoc
© Chateau Batailley

Chateau Batailley: History in the Medoc

Chateau Batailley

© Chateau Batailley

Consisting of 55 hectares (136 acres) in Pauillac, Chateau Batailley is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc and played host to a critical point in the development of the Aquitaine region. In fact, the estate is named Batailley, after a 1452 bataille, or battle, between the French and the English during the 100 Years War, during which the French regained control of the nearby Chateau Latour. A few short years later, the first vines were planted on this one time battlefield. Then the estate received new life when the gardens and park were designed by Barillet-Deschamps, garden architect to Napoleon III. Nevertheless, despite it’s somewhat tumultuous past, the estate would go on to gain recognition as Fifth Growth in the 1855 Classification ordered by Napoleon III.

Like most Bordeaux estates, Chateau Batailley has a long and complex history. But in 1932, the Borie family, owners of negociant Borie-Manoux, purchased the estate and it has remained with this prominent Bordeaux family since that time. Today, Phillippe Casteja, grandson of Marcel Borie, manages the negociant business as well as the family portfolio of estates, of which Batailley plays a starring role. Under his leadership the estate has undergone a subtle increase in quality. Combining 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the Batailley vineyards consistently produce excellent wines with the typical Pauillac characteristics of cassis and a firm structure. Aged for 16 to 18  months in oak barrels, 55% of which are new each year, the wines show great finesse and character.

The Wines of Chateau Batailley

  • Ch. Batailley 2009
  • Ch. Batailley 2010
  • Ch. Batailley 2011
  • Additional Wines
94 Points, Robert Parker. “Medium-deep saturated color. Pleasing, but not fully forthcoming nose is sweet and smoky, with some cherry, cedar, herbs, and spice in the background. Quite modern in style on the palate. This is one of the biggest, most intense wines in the tasting, impressive for its size and mouth feel.”

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92 Points, Robert Parker“This 2010 is an endearing, elegant wine, but it has no shortage of power, richness and intensity. It displays loads of beautiful cassis, cedar and Christmas fruitcake notes along with impressive purity, texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel.”

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92 Points, Robert Parker“An attractive nose of creme de cassis, earth and oak jumps from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. A classic, impressive effort from the Casteja family, this 2011 transcends the vintage character, and is an unqualified success as well as a major sleeper of the vintage. Structured, rich, medium to full-bodied, pure and layered.”

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In addition to vintages available in stock, Millesima offers Chateau Batailley wines, in a wide range of vintages and formats, as pre-arrivals and futures.

All the Wines of Chateau Batailley

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