Last night I was treated to a bottle of Chateau Batailley 1997 a Fifth Growth from Pauillac. The over-riding impression was of horsey brett, and though I looked hard for some redeeming qualities, in the end, there was too much of the wild character which the spoilage yeast imparts for me to really like the wine. Score: 14.5/20.
Visit CellarTracker!, the site which allows those participating to record their own tasting notes and interestingly nobody picks up on the brett (see here). On a Bordeaux classed growth, it’s part of “terroir” while on a South African wine, it would be a fault.