Chateau Batailley, 5th Grand Cru Classe, AOC/AOP Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2005
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, natural cork closure, 13%abv, DBM Wines, about £50
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: Clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: Clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of lightly high-toned red and black fruit – black berry, ripe black cherry, red and black plum, a little spicy, a little floral – iris and tea rose, and cedar.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, fine-grained well-integrated medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, a smooth texture, of medium (+) intensity, with flavours of sweet black cherry, ripe black plum, ripe red berries and dark raisins, with a cedary undertone. A medium (+) length with a clean, black fruited, moderately grippy finish.
Quality: A very good quality wine, with a fine balance between acidity and alcohol. A good intensity of aroma and flavour which don’t quite follow through to the length, nevertheless a wine with a good concentration of flavour, with interesting complexity showing signs of tertiary evolution. Ready to drink now, this wine will keep, and has the structure and fruit intensity to develop further over the next 3-5 years.