Chateau Batailley, 5th Grand Cru Classe, AOC/AOP Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2003
A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 2% petit verdot, natural cork closure, 13%abv, BBR, £52
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: Clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears.
Nose: Clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of slightly high-toned blackcurrant, black cherry, red plum juice, peony, black cherry boiled sweets, liquorice, low-key rich cedar, and whiffs of forest floor.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black currant boiled sweets, sweet ripe black cherry, warm raisins, liquorice, and touches of cedar and oak. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy black berried finish.
Quality: A very good quality wine, nicely balanced acidity and well-integrated tannins with alcohol, tannins a little high for the flavour intensity though, given a little more time these would soften. Nose shows a spectrum of rich ripe fruit moving towards tertiary notes, mid-palate shows good but not outstanding intensity or concentration, borne out on the medium (+) length; there is complexity, but not at an outstanding level.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, not suitable for further ageing.