93-95. Barrel sample. A perfumed wine that’s soft and ripe. It has delicious flavors of juicy fruit and black currant, as well as lively acidity. Its depth of flavor comes with layers of fruit rather than tannins.
With advice from consultant and Bordeaux University professor Denis Dubourdieu, Batailley has improved immensely in the past few years. This 2010 reinforces that trend, revealing a wine that is structured with Cabernet Sauvignon and is attractive with black currant fruitiness. Age for the medium-term.
Smooth black currant fruit with great density as well as superripeness. The wine is charming, while still having a powerful structure. Still a relative value in Pauillac, Batailley is now showing real class.
Batailley 2006 has been mainly about tannin from its earliest stages, and this has not yet changed. What has changed is that the tannin isn’t by itself any more: black plum fruit is now giving some richness. It does need to age, but the elegance and the balance are coming.