A few words from Philippe Castéja, owner of Château Batailley, on the 2019 vintage.
How would you define the 2019 growing season in a few words?
A relatively mild winter, an unsettled and rainy spring, then the summer brought dry, hot weather which remained until October.
How did each variety respond to the climate during 2019?
Merlot did very well throughout the summer and the quality of the crop is there to prove it; it was more difficult for Cabernet during the summer as it suffered more from the heat and berries were small. However the rains at the end of September gave the Cabernet the power to make it to the finish line.
Based on the specific conditions of 2019 did you have to modify any of the winemaking?
The vinification was very different, of course, but since 2003 we have learned how to make wine in very hot years. We undertake cool fermentations – between 23 and 26˚C and limit pump overs. This retains the fruit and beautiful aromas – the colours are also naturally superb.
What is the final blend?
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot – almost the exact composition of our vineyard.
How does 2019 compare to other vintages?
2019 is a blend of a number of vintages: 2018 but also a little reminiscent of 2010 and 2009 with the richness of the 2003 season.
Read the full report: Bordeaux 2019 A Vintage Preview