Dark hue. Very muted nose on first pour then opening up a little to quite subdued fruit and oak tones. On the palate, stuffing is framed by evident oak. Youthfulness imparts a measure of firmness on the finish. A promising wine. Suggested food pairings: rabbit, grilled beef and poultry with cream sauce.
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 the labels.
Generous, exquisitely delicate, Balestard la Tonnelle is one of Saint-Emilion's finest Great Classified Growths.