September 25, 2020 - meh. good provenance. neck fill. decanted for two hours and followed for four more. classic bordeaux but just lacking complexity.
May 10, 2019 - Showing very little colour change at the rim; developing fruits on the nose, spice and cassis, blackcurrant leaf; lovely on the palate, a classic Pauillac, with graphite tinged cassis and herbal refreshment. This is going strong. Its not the most complex but a solid 1986. Some tannic bite on the finish.
November 3, 2018 - Nice bottle with good level. Decanted for 1hr and already showing very well.
Still deep core garnet, not showing it’s age at all.
The nose it’s typical aged Pauillac: leather, lead pencil, library, dark and red berries, coffee, tobacco. Very intense.
It’s like you don’t want to start drinking yet.
In the mouth the flavour are quite intense, Tannins are completely resolved, savoury, Medium body, with The same dark and red berries with coffee and chocolate notes.
Fairly long and very enjoyable.
We had it with Chinese hot pot and it’s excellent.
Still has many years to go
October 30, 2017 - Kapow!
This wine is just winning me over more and more. After 45 minutes of air, this beauty came to life and expressed itself majestically. Again - horsebarn, dry dirt, pipe-tobacco smoking tired SOB walking back from the fields with a hint of manly musk and a foul mouth. This wants to be brawn over brains and you just want to let it do its thing. It is not trying to elegant or heavenly complex like Lynch Bages, Pichon Comtesse or Lafite. This sucker just wants to have fun and go out with a bang. You just hang on for the ride. And what ride!
Tobacco, dry leaves, autumn forest floor, perfect mature red and dark berries with a well integrated oak and tannins. After an hour said meat and autumn decay sets more in. Wow, I like this.
Great QPR and fully matured. The peak will last about 5-6 years due to the integration of tannins. After that who knows?...
Worthy a try!
August 13, 2017 - I usually hate Batailley. I think they are boring. But this wine completely took me by surprise.
Perfekt provenance! Cork, fill and everything!
A bit tight right of the bat, but with a bit of air this beauty came to life!
Green pepper grilled on a fatburned grill with smoked apples and BBQ. Horse stable and a bit of cowshit. Like a bad ass sunburnt farmer with a six pence, wood-chipper flannel, hint of sweat and pipe smoking, returning from the fields. This had everything you want in a mature Pauillac.
This just got better and better. So I think the wone has at least a decade left!
November 12, 2016 - A bit muted on the nose, but some pine and pencil. Fruity and compact in the mouth, but rather coarse, and not as elegance as the Lascombes 86 tasted the same evening. Typical Batailley.
May 3, 2016 - This little beauty displayed all of the characteristics that made me fall in love with Bordeaux in the first place. Enjoyed with delicious French cuisine at Maison 1888 in Da Nang, Vietnam, the wine showed well from first pour despite a crumbly cork and most advice being that it was past its best years. Bottle level was fine (low neck), colour still deep ruby with some expected bricking at the edges.On the nose this is pure, unadulterated Pauillac. Cigar box, cedar and lead pencil dominate, and with age have become clear and highly distinctive. We decanted and filtered the wine to remove cork bits and sediment, and while we were concerned it would peak and fade quickly it held out for a good 2 hours and was still drinking well to the last drop. On the palate the fruit concentration has clearly diminished somewhat. This wine is much more about the nose than the palate, but having said that there were still some terrific Pauillac flavours on show including leather, dark berries, cherry, rustic in many ways (as others have described). The finish, though a tad muted, was long and linear and very enjoyable. I found this in a random distribution list for about US$60 in 2015, what terrific value and a great learning experience for those interested in properly aged claret and an affordable price. Don't hesitate to buy but definitely drink up ASAP.
December 5, 2015 - It is still drinkable, but getting too old. The bottle-fill was good, cork still in a great shape with more than 1/2 way to go. The wine has light rosy color, spicy and rustic and "old-wine" acidity starts dominating the taste
February 13, 2015 - Quite tannic as -86s often are, little fruit, going downhill or an off bottle.
December 28, 2011 - A typical Batailley: Rustique and a bit uncomplicated, more like a Listrac than a Pauillac. It has, however, kept well, and still has some years left.