REGION: Pauillac, France
VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
One of those years in Bordeaux - 2011 follows two of the greatest vintages of the past 50 years, and everyone was expecting there to be a natural drop off in quality. Of course, there was, but certain houses really made the most of the more typical Bordeaux weather for the year. Batailley being one of them. Pauillac is one of the "robust" Bordeaux appellations, and this doesn't disappoint, but underlined with a real silky smoothness.