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Château Batailley: Vineyards & Wines

Château Batailley: Vineyards

Château Batailley is located in the south-western section of the appellation, obviously adjacent to Château Haut-Batailley, although it enjoys a much more prominent roadside position. The vineyards today comprise about 57 hectares, and are positioned largely to the west of this road, the D206, which runs southwest out of Pauillac. Significant châteaux with neighbouring plots of vines include Château Latour (although the grand vin is sourced from L’Enclos, the vines that surround the château, Latour has some plots further inland that are usually channelled into the second wine), Château Pichon-Lalande (the same set up as for Latour), Château Grand-Puy Lacoste and Château Lynch-Bages.

Château Batailley

The terroir is fairly typical for the region, with large areas of gravel in places, although there are also some elements of sand. The planting is at a density of 8500 vines per hectare and there are a range of ages, from young to fairly elderly, although on average the age of the vines is about 40 years. The vineyards are very much dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, as one might expect, this variety accounting for 70% of the plantings, the remainder being 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. These percentages have hardly changed at all during the years that the Castéja family have been running the estate.

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