The Castéja family has poured huge investment into Batailley over recent years, and quality has climbed impressively. With guidance, for many years, from the sadly-missed Professor Denis Dubourdieu of Bordeaux University (consultant here 2001-2015) a policy of gently holding the wine beneath its grape-skin cap, after the tumultuous fermentation, was introduced – to help build the wine’s body. And a 2nd wine was introduced, Lions de Batailley, to allow the Grand Vin greater concentration and potential longevity. The 2020 blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 26% Merlot and 2% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. All were picked during September, before the big rains at the end of that month. Colour is purple-ruby of medium depth, aromas very fragrant and fresh. Palate is full-structured, with densely concentrated, impressive fruitiness, rich, round tannins, and beautifully balanced length (for drinking 2024-2040+).
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