Deep ruby colour, with spicy, meaty oak and classic cedary fruit on the nose. The palate is generous, with a ripe core of black cherry and chalky, fine tannins. This is plump and round, with the juicy fruits and smoky oak giving a plush, polished mouthfeel and sweeter edge to the fruit through to a long and spicy finish.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, March 2019|
The 2018 Batailley, matured in 60% new oak, has a lovely bouquet of ripe black cherries, cassis and light cedar aromas, much more floral in style compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. The use of new oak is prudent and judicious, allowing the fruit to express itself toward the harmonious, silky-smooth finish. There is a slightly heady quality here, but this is still Batailley through and through. 2023 - 2042
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The 2018 Batailley is deep garnet-purple in color and offers up bright Morello cherries, black raspberries and redcurrant notes over a cassis and plum preserves core with a waft of dried mint. Full-bodied with a good core of juicy fruit, it has approachable, ripe tannins and a lively lift to the finish.
|Score: 92/94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very structured and dense with lots of fruit and tannin, yet it’s tight and long. Linear and racy. Muscular.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (241), April 2019|
The 2018 Batailley is powerful and resonant in the glass, with terrific textural richness and plenty of underlying structure as well. Lavender, rose petal, mint and spice infuse a rich, sumptuous Pauillac loaded with personality. Tasted two times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot; 60% new oak. Barrel sample.
Black core, purple rim. Cedary blackcurrant and already quite expressive. A note of dark chocolate over the fruit. Surprisingly smooth tannins, obviously carefully handled. Still chewy but not tough. Should come together. (JH) 14%
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
This has a less luxurious feel than some Pauillacs but it has an effortless to it that is not always the case in 2018 and still with the traditional edge of the appellation that you want from these estates with menthol, eucalyptus and cigar typicity.
It has firm tannins with clear signs of well-controlled extractions and presents as rich purple with violet edging. I have had the 2009 vintage of Batailley a few times recently, and there is something here of the same generosity of spirit to the brambly fruits, with lovely juice running through what are clearly fairly hefty tannins.
I'll be very surprised if this is not an exceptionally enjoyable bottle to open in eight to 10 years’ time. Great stuff from owners Philippe and Frederic Casteja. A yield of 52hl/ha. 3.6pH.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2038
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(74 Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot) | 60% new oak | 13.8% alc | 52 hl/ha Ripe and robust with juicy black fruit and decent depth this is a clean and perfectly balanced Batailley with crisp tannins and a neat finish. While a little monotonal I like the freshness and flavour and I can see it appealing earlier in its life than in a cooler vintage.
|Score: 17||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|