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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Skirt Steak with Pomegranate Sauce

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 berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit sweet, easy going. 86-88
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Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Densely woven but closed nose, quite expressive. On the palate well structured with good weight and length, firm tannins but juicy fruit.
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Balestard La Tonnelle 2013  ( Château Balestard La Tonnelle )

"Ruby. Dark berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit sweet, easy going. 86-88"

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Balestard La Tonnelle 2013  ( Château Balestard La Tonnelle )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Densely woven but closed nose, quite expressive. On the palate well structured with good weight and length, firm tannins but juicy fruit. "

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