Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): See through crimson, bright red rim; wow- lots of toasty new oak but unmistakably Bordeaux, oak is sexy rather than intrusive, coffee, compost, red currant, spicy palate, funky, cigar, softer tannin, like its drinkability, actually drinkable now.
Carafé deux heures. Très beau nez avec des notes de torrefaction, de petits fruits noir, un peu cuir. En bouche le vingt présente des tanins soyeux, aucunnement rêche. Plutôt enveloppant, des arômes des kirsh, de cerises et une touches chocolat sont bien présent, avec une assez bonne longueur. Dans l'ensemble, très satisfaisant, pas un super block buster, mais un vin qui se laisse boire. J'aime beaucoup batailley!
from halfbottle: very concentrated nose and palate, very much cassis, well structured, a flattered Bordeaux with present but soft tannin, midweight body, long finish, not that spectacular........, a wellknown appearance, *(*- ***), 86-89?
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(Château Batailley (Pauillac)) The blend here is Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 11%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 1%. Yield 38 hl/ha. There is some attractive and rather perfumed fruit here, with plums, forest fruits, ripe, not overdone. The palate has a similarly attractive, well-honed character, with good definition and lift, and most importantly it has a linear and defined shape with lots of well judged tannins slid underneath, and appealingly bright acidity. I've not been convinced by the Batailley renaissance recently even though I know it has an increased following in recent years. To me it always fell down on its midpalate definition and vigour, but not in this vintage. This is a really lovely effort. Well done.
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