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: 90||Robert 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: 87/89||Robert 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: 91||Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), 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: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, September 2010|
Good for the vintage, with tobacco and plums, almost prunes. Full-bodied and chewy. Slightly hollow center palate. Medium finish.
|Score: 85/88||James 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: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005|