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Château Balestard la Tonnelle Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2005

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Château Balestard La Tonnelle:
With vines grown upon Saint-Emilion’s renowned clay-limestone plateau, our family has been making fine wines for more than four hundred years. A fascinating and challenging past we have shared with winegrowers of this appellation, especially members of the ‘Jurade’, Saint-Emilion’s well-known wine brotherhood, and our customers all over the world. At the end of the 1970s, Jacques Capdemourlin... Read more
With vines grown upon Saint-Emilion’s renowned clay-limestone plateau, our family has been making fine wines for more than four hundred years. A fascinating and challenging past we have shared with winegrowers of this appellation, especially members of the ‘Jurade’, Saint-Emilion’s well-known wine brotherhood, and our customers all over the world. At the end of the 1970s, Jacques Capdemourlin established the unification of our vineyards, grouping together a total of 60 hectares which comprise the Capdemourlin Wine Estates. Read less

External Reviews for Château Balestard la Tonnelle Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/18/2015

The Capdemourlin family, owners of Chateau La Tonnelle Balestard have owned vineyards in Saint Emilion since 1647. And of the 3 Grand Cru St. Emilion estates they own, this is the flagship. Located on the top of a clay-limestone hill at the entrance of the city of St. Emilion. La Tonnelle is the old watch tower from the fifteenth century that still stands in the middle of the vineyard today. The vines are 70% Merlot , 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with an average age of 33 years. This wine from the extraordinary 2005 vintage is a marvel. Tightly wound and laced with formidable tannins in its youth it has now blossomed into a lush, voluptuously rich red with layers of complexity. Velvety soft, this is a truly impressive bottle of Bordeaux. Most reviews reference the tannic structure the wine showed at the time of release but Connoissuer's Guide saw the potential. They scored it 90 points saying "Big, ripe and rich in a way the reflects both the vintage and the new Bordeaux model, this bottling begins with a classic St. Emilion nose of ripe cherries, tobacco and roasted herbs and follows with like-minded flavors that show plenty of ripeness and extract. Supple in front and fairly tannic in back, it extends very well at finish"



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