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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 115375)
collectible wine
older vintages

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is fermented the traditional way and aged in oak barrels, half of which are new each year. Balestard la Tonnelle is a full-bodied and exquisitely elegant wine, one of the finest grands crus in Saint-Émilion.
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Additional wines from Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle:

  • 2005 (search item no. 102711)

About Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle:

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.