Red

1979 Château Batailley

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 2001 - 2008 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • MoscowVino wrote: 87 points

    June 9, 2021 - Base neck fill, cork soaked through, extracted with some effort in two pieces but without any bits falling into the bottle using a long worm and an Ah-so in lieu of my missing Durand. Deep garnet with only moderate bricking. A bit of funk on the nose that quickly blew off; then this perked up and showed a nose of tobacco, graphite, and mushrooms, as well as some umami/soy notes suggesting early-stage oxidation. Those same notes continued on the palate; there was notably little fruit, but plenty of acid (slightly volatile), meaning this wine absolutely required food. It seemed to peak from around 60 - 120 minutes after opening, then got a bit tired. Not a bad wine, and I don't regret the €42 (all-in) I spent, but this could not match some other '79s (and '78s) I have recently opened. If you have it still, drink up soon.

  • Toratein Likes this wine:

    July 18, 2020 - Past its peak, but by no means gone. Limited fruit, clear secondary and tertiary flavors.
    Works well with Saint Albray cheese.

  • wgmccallum Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 26, 2019 - Dark garnet. Evolving complex aromas of pepper, a hint of barnyard, spice box, mulch, very fine hint of aromatic dried bay leaf. Transparent fruit on the palate with a fine acid line down the middle and nice sweet tannic base at the back.

  • Skylark 53 Likes this wine: 89 points

    March 27, 2017 - Fill was at bottom of the neck, cork soaked through, so just in time. Really ruby bright color, slightly brownish at the rim. Scent of classic Bordeaux, took a little time to open, but really nice after an hour having filtered most of the bottle through a coffe filter. Not very powerful, actually more elegant, really god acid balance, but pretty one dimentional. Taste of cherries, but a peppery finish thoug. Nice wine, indeed after all these years, but not to keep any longer, I think

  • hambrook1 Likes this wine: 89 points

    July 25, 2013 - Cork disintegrated during removal.

    Very bright and surprisingly even colour for age, no doubt reflecting the relatively low pH of '79 Bordeaux.

    Straightforward, well-made, and balanced Medoc with nice underlying fruit. Gently astringent and clean finish. A good '79 which should (corks permitting) continue to hold its 'form' for years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1979
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Batailley
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Code 3249990215880

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 49 (71%)
  • Consumed 20 (29%)

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