Batailley 2004


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Tasting Notes

A sleeper of the vintage, Batailley’s complex 2004 is redolent with notes of cedar wood, spice box, plums, cassis, tar, and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, supple textured, layered, rich, and long, it marks the renaissance of this fifth-growth Pauillac that is displaying strong signs of moving into the big leagues. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

Batailley’s 2004 reveals hints of smoke, underbrush, black cherries, and currants. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a hint of flowers, medium body, moderate tannin, and a slightly austere finish. This wine should turn out to be nearly as good as the 2003, but lighter in weight.

Score: 87/89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

The 2004 Batailley has long been one of the "hidden pleasures" of this vintage. Now at 14 years of age I find no reason to alter that view. Here it has a pure bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a touch of kirsch, the latter a trait that I have not noticed before. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured, slightly austere entry. Then it opens up nicely and reveals plenty of black fruit and quite a dense structure. Yes, it remains a bit foursquare in typical Batailley fashion, but that tobacco-infused finish is just what you expect from any upstanding Pauillac. Enjoy this now and over the next 12 to 15 years. Tasted at the château. 2018 - 2030

Score: 91Neal Martin, Vinous Table (, July 2018

Tasted at the Chateau Batailley dinner at The Square. The 2004 Batailley is fresh and well defined on the nose compared to the 2002, which has less vigour. Here: notes of blackberry leaf, briary, cedar, tobacco and boysenberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, well-defined entry, pert acidity, quite tight towards the finish but good structure and focus, the finish demonstrating far more precision than I have noticed in the past. As usual, it has a foursquare finish thanks to the growing season, but a very commendable Batailley. Drink 2012-2020. Tasted January 2010

Score: 91Neal Martin,, September 2010

Good for the vintage, with tobacco and plums, almost prunes. Full-bodied and chewy. Slightly hollow center palate. Medium finish.

Score: 85/88James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

Very bright dark crimson. Strange note of black pepper. Quite impressive ripeness. Verging on burnt flavours. A little green and raw on the palate. The tannins are very well worked but there's a lack of fruit in the middle. Drink 2014-19.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, August 2005

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