Château Batailley

Brand Description

Château Batailley, a 5th Growth Pauillac of the famed 1855 Classification, is Borie-Manoux’s flagship property. The name is derived from the battle (bataille) that took place during the Hundred Years’ War around 1453, designating where the château and vineyard are today. In this battle, the French reconquered the neighboring Château Latour from the English, a crucial point for ending the 300-year-long reign of the English in Aquitaine. The first record of vines planted on these historical grounds dates back to the 16th century. Château Batailley’s 12-acre (5-hectare) gardens were originally designed by Barillet-Deschamps, Napoleon III’s landscape architect, in 1850.

Location of Vineyard

The vineyards spread out over 140 acres (57 hectares) with an average vine age of 40 years old. The soil is silica and gravel, but the heart of the vineyard is on a deep gravel bed over a subsoil of clay and sandstone. There are also some parcels located in between Château Latour and Pichon-Lalande.

Winemaking Philosophy

After a brief cold soak and the use of selected yeasts, the musts are fermented in stainless steel vats with a very traditional vinification. The charming chai dates from 1840 and is lit by an impressive iron candelabra. It is here where the wine is aged for roughly 16 to 18 months in 50% new oak. Batailley is a classic and very typical Pauillac, with cassis and currant flavors and a very firm structure.

Philippe Castéja
Château Batailley
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Winery Profile
Owner: Philippe Castéja/Borie Manoux
Winemaker: Arnaud Durand
Founded: 19th Century
Production: 180000
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Acclaim
“Full of brambles and briar, whisky cask smokiness and cocoa, this is aromatically enticing. The palate is glutinous with its spice-accented ripe fruits and moreish vinosity. The oak is deftly handled. This is focused and serious with balanced structure and excellent aging potential.” — acclaim for 2022 Lions de Batailley Pauillac from The New Wine Review, Jun 2023
“The first impression is, “Wow, what a serious wine this is!” Abundant, peak-summer black fruits—blackberries, black plums, black currants—cram onto the palate. It’s a thicket of fruit, complemented by sweet mint, cappuccino and earthy spices. This has so far seen 55% new barriques, and the wine seems to be sopping it up with ease. The tannins are elegant and integrated. The finish is divinely persistent. While this will benefit from several years in the bottle, it is already rather irresistible.” — acclaim for 2022 Château Batailley Pauillac from The New Wine Review, Jun 2023
“The 2023 Lions de Batailley is a big step up from the Pauillac de Batailley, with much more terroir expression. Blackberry mixes with cedar and pencil shavings on the nose—classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins that frame the bright black fruit laced with tobacco. Again, this is quintessential old-school Pauillac, and it offers plenty of freshness on the finish. Recommended.” — acclaim for 2023 Lions de Batailley Pauillac from Vinous, Apr 2024
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