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Château Batailley: The Guestier & Borie Eras

Château Batailley: The Guestier Era

The union between the proprietor of the Batailley estate Jeanne Pécholier and the mariner Jacques Bedout bore no offspring, and so when the latter died in 1818 there was no-one to inherit the estate, and it was put up for auction. One hundred years previously such a fine estate would probably have been snapped up by a wealthy comte or vicomte, but in the post-revolutionary years there were no longer huge numbers of noblemen with the necessary means to take on such a property. Those that had not been relieved of their heads with a slice of the guillotine were now rapidly being relieved of their worldly possessions instead, achieved through a much more modern system of punishment known as taxation. The hole this left was filled by the merchants, the new wealthy elite, and thus it is perhaps not surprising that the property was acquired by Daniel Guestier of the négociant firm Barton & Guestier.

Château Batailley

Daniel Guestier acquired the two-thirds sold by the Saint-Martin sisters with this purchase, and it is likely he later acquired the part that their brother, the priest, had retained. He also bought other plots in order to enlarge his estate, including vineyards adjacent to the modern-day Château Lynch-Bages and Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, later on. He was responsible for considerable investment in the property, planting and replanting, renovating the château and improving the winemaking facilities. When he died in 1847 Batailley had garnered a good, although certainly not exalted, reputation, and the scene was set for the estate creeping in as a cinquième cru in the 1855 Classification of the Médoc.

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