Château Balestard La Tonnelle 1986

Bordeaux
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£45.50 per bottle
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The Ex-Château Balestard La Tonnelle has shed some of its early power and tannins to reveal wonderful purity of fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh, elegant and multidimensional. The ’86 is a stunner and now approaching its plateau of full maturity.

Taste & Aroma

Score:92

The Ex-Château Balestard La Tonnelle has shed some of its early power and tannins to reveal wonderful purity of fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh, elegant and multidimensional. The ’86 is a stunner and now approaching its plateau of full maturity.

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

Château Balestard La Tonnelle sits on the edge of the village of Saint Émilion and is owned by the famous Capdemourlin family who also own and Châteaux Cap de Mourlin and Petit Faurie Soutard - also located in the appellation of Saint-Émilion.

The vineyards at Château Balestard La Tonnelle are divided into 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with vines averaging 33 years of age.Balestard La Tonnelle is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 15 to 18 months and has an annual production of around 4,500 cases.

Their wines are characterised as being a full-bodied yet exquisitely elegant and aromatic, with tones of black and red fruits and dark notes of chocolate and truffle.

Château Balestard La Tonnelle

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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