The winery is located in the municipality Pauillac
or area in Médoc
(Bordeaux). There are two versions of the origin of the name. The predominant refers to a battle (French Bataille) between the English and the French in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453). The second comes from a wine dealer called Batailley. The first vines were planted after the last decisive battle in 1453 (on “blood-soaked soil”, as it says on the estate's website today). At the end of the 18th century, the estate was owned by the Saint-Martin family, from 1791 by Jean-Guillaume Pécholier (+1816) and then by the Barton & Guestier trading company. The property, which was still undivided at the time, received the Bordeaux classification 1855
fifth place (Cinquième Cru Classé).
In 1932 the brothers Francis (1890-1953) and Marcel Borie (1892-1958) bought it. These decided in 1939 to divide the property. The smaller part was now called Chateau Haut-Batailley
and went to Francis, the greater part with the château went to Marcel. Today Château Batalley is part of the family empire Borie-Manoux
(Castéja). The vineyards cover 57 hectares of vineyards with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The extremely long-lived red wine (the estate names an average of 40 years) is aged 16 to 18 months in 55% new barriques. There is no second wine. 250,000 to 300,000 bottles are produced annually. See also the closely intertwined Borie and Castéja family history below Borie-Manoux