Chateau Batailley is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux's Medoc.
Their name is derived from the 1452 battle ('bataille') that took place on the ground the estate and vineyards stand on today; it was in this battle that the French reconquered the neighbouring Chateau Latour, reclaiming it from the English after 300 years of ownership - a crucial point in the history of Aquitaine. Just a few years later, the first vines were planted here, and the estate's reputation has only grown since then - helped significantly by its being awarded Fifth Growth Grand Cru Classé in Napoleon's 1855 Classification.
Chateau Batailley today is a flagship of the Borie-Manoux and Casteja family. A classic Pauillac style, it is crafted from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, grown in silica and gravel soils. Vines are an average of 40 years old, and the wine spends 16-18 months ageing in 55% new barrels.