2014 Chateau Batailley Pauillac
Made From: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Tastes Like: Currant, White Pepper, Cedar, Earth
Chateau Batailley is one of the few and proud wineries that earned a ranking in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, which rated the best Left Bank estates. Legally a Fifth Growth, it’s an incredible value for a winery whose vineyards neighbor First Growth Chateau Latour, which costs more than $1000 a bottle. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 50% new French oak barrels. It’s big, bold, and spicy, with complex flavors of cassis, red currant, and white pepper. It earned a myriad of high ratings: 94 Points, James Suckling; 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast; 91+ Points, Wine Advocate, Decanter, and Vinous; and 90 Points, Wine Spectator.