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  • Country ranking ?

    3 843
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

This magnificent estate of 10.6 hectares, ideally located on the edge of the village of Saint-Emilion, derives its name from a clergyman, Canon Balestard. The “Tonnelle” that stands in the heart of the vineyard was formerly an observation tower during the 15th century and has since become the symbol of this property. François Villon mentions the wine of Balestard in his famous poem, written too in the 15th century, and as a testimonial of this historical acclaim the verse still appears on our labels. Generous, exquisitely delicate, Balestard La Tonnelle is one of Saint-Emilion’s finest Great Classified Growths.

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Ruby. Dark fruits, vanilla, mint and marzipan nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich, fruity, jammy, somewhat cooked feel to it. 89-91
  • 90p
Medium deep colour. Dark cherry, dark chocolate aromas Sweet plum fruit with vanilla toffee notes, fine chocolaty textures and inky long finish with mineral notes. Classic old fashioned St Emilion with attractive ripeness and potential. 93 points
  • 93p
Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with expressive character, excellent fruit, mild spices in the background and very well used oak. On the palate well structured with opulent start, excellent mid-palate and elegant but persistent finish.
  • 91p

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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Balestard La Tonnelle 2015  ( Château Balestard La Tonnelle )

"Ruby. Dark fruits, vanilla, mint and marzipan nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich, fruity, jammy, somewhat cooked feel to it. 89-91"

1y 26d ago

93p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Balestard La Tonnelle 2015  ( Château Balestard La Tonnelle )

"Medium deep colour. Dark cherry, dark chocolate aromas Sweet plum fruit with vanilla toffee notes, fine chocolaty textures and inky long finish with mineral notes. Classic old fashioned St Emilion with attractive ripeness and potential. 93 points"

1y 27d ago

91p
 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Balestard La Tonnelle 2015  ( Château Balestard La Tonnelle )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with expressive character, excellent fruit, mild spices in the background and very well used oak. On the palate well structured with opulent start, excellent mid-palate and elegant but persistent finish."

1y 1m ago

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