Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle – St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2008
Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle dates back to the fifteenth century and takes its name from Canon Balestard. Its historic tonnelle, or tower, is one of the oldest structures in St Emilion and was originally built for observation. Owned by the well-known Capdemourlin family (who also own two other estates in St Emilion), the 10.6-hectare estate is located just outside of the town of St Emilion. François Villon wrote about Balestard La Tonnelle in his famous fifteenth century poem. To immortalize the poem, the estate includes a copy of it on the labels for Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle. The average annual production is 4,500 cases of Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle per vintage.
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.