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December 18, 2019

Batailley 2010, 12×75, £480, 95 Pts


Chateau Batailley is unquestionably one of the best value wines in Bordeaux’s illustrious Pauillac appellation, consistently producing a classic and refined style of claret for centuries. 2010 is considered to be one of the greatest modern vintages in Bordeaux’s history so it is hardly surprising that Batailley have produced one of their best wines to date. The 2010 is tied with the historic 1949 and 1959 vintages for a best-ever score of 95 points from The Wine Advocate, who commended its “detail and precision that achieves a level that makes the 2010 a benchmark for the Pauillac estate” as well as a further 95 points from Vinous, who avowed it a “magnificent showing.” 


As such we are delighted to be able to offer pristine Ex-Chateau stock at either £240 per case 6 or £480 per case 12 IB, we challenge you to find a better value or better drinking Pauillac for the money. Indeed, with the stock lying currently in the Chateau it guarantees perfect provenance for a vintage entering its drinking window, where it will continue to impress for another half a century. Indeed, as the tables below demonstrate the 2010 vintage offers fantastic value against comparably scored 2010 Fifth growths.


2010 Fifth Growth Pauillac Comparison

Wine Vintage WA Price
Batailley 2010 95 £480
d’Armailhac 2010 92 £540
Grand Puy Lacoste 2010 95 £690
Clerc Milon 2010 93 £780
Lynch Bages 2010 96 £1,200

The vintage premium stacks up brilliantly. One can see from the table below that the 2010 vintage offers superb value, which along with the 2015 has the finest Price Over Points ratio (POP). Of course, POP takes no account of drinking windows.


Wine Vintage WA  Price POP
Batailley 2016 93-95 £414 30
Batailley 2015 93-95 £430 31
Batailley 2010 95 £480 32
Batailley 2009 89 £500 56
Batailley 2005 93 £495 38
Batailley 2000 91 £650 59

Chateau Batailley is the quintessential Grand Cru claret with all the necessary elements to make prodigious wine each year. It is located in the village of Pauillac, directly behind the leading Second Growths, Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron, which are in turn behind Chateau Latour. Batailley, therefore, rests on the gravel plateau which defines the great wines from this appellation. The 55 hectares of Chateau Batailley’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominant vineyards are on an excellently situated plateau just to the west of First Growth Mouton Rothschild. The name of the Chateau is said to be derived from a “bataille” fought 600 years ago between the French and the English on the very grounds of the Chateau.