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Professional Ratings: 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Great Wine Gift
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 115375
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-milion.
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, and, even if too tough to drink anytime soon, it has the stuffing to develop for six to ten years.