Waiting for my Qantas flight back home to Oz, so let’s try what’s on offer…..
2006 Chateau Batailley, 5th Growth, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
The vineyard area extends to 57 hectares (140 acres), planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Around 22,000 cases (2,000 hectolitres) of Château Batailley are produced each year.
Plum colour. Nose of earth, crushed rocks, satsuma plum and some meatiness. Pleasant mid weight soft palate with cherry, dark earth, savoury, chary characters, and soft acid with dusty tannins. Still evolving but easy to drink. 88/100. About $60 overseas.
2009 chateau du Moulin Noir, Montagne St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Montagne-Saint-Emilion surrounds the village of Montagne, 4.8km to the north of the town of Saint-Emilion. Pomerol is about the same distance to the west of Montagne. Very picturesque area, great for bike riding if you can manage the narrow roads. The grape varieties permitted within the appellation are Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the dominant variety by far, most often partnered with Cabernet Franc.
Brick red colour. Soft blueberry and spice nose. Soft character but quite unbalanced at the moment. Acid and tannins dominant with some nice blueberry fruit in the background. Intense wine that needs time to settle. Lacks balance and finished a little harsh. Not for me. 84/100