The 2010 Batailley has a vivacious, outgoing and quintessentially Pauillac nose with blackberry, mint and graphite bursting from the glass and demanding attention! The palate is medium-bodied with ample black fruit laced with graphite, sage and cracked black pepper. Wonderful depth and grip here, fanning out nicely towards the finish where there is a soupçon of oak still to be subsumed, therefore give this another three or four years. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2024 – 2050.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2050
Robert Parker 90
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Batailley starts off quite cedary/oaky, opening out to reveal notes of preserved plums, blackcurrant cordial and new leather with touches of pencil shavings and bay leaves. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, chewy tannins and loads of freshness framing the herb-sparked black fruit, finishing a little firm.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033
Tasted blind. Deep smudgy garnet. Lots of sweet oak spice, toasty. Very oaky on the palate too though the fruit does just about keep up. Lively freshness at the end but the oak is dominant still. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030