2017 Balestard la Tonnelle

Balestard la Tonnelle

91Average Score
Red
En Primeur
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Scores & Notes
Average Score
91
Critic Notes

The 2017 Balestard de Tonnelle has an impressive bouquet: quite intense but not over-powering with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of iodine all well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, nicely integrated oak with a svelte finish that is really quite classy. You know, this is the best Balestard de Tonnelle that I have tasted in recent years. Excellent.

Score: 91-93/Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2021 - 2036

This is at once a subtle yet structured wine with really plush yet lithe tannins, a medium body, lots of dark fruit and a chewy finish.

Score: 91-92/100James Suckling

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Balestard la Tonnelle gives up crushed cherries, wild blueberries and violets on the nose with chocolate box and anise nuances. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a great core of pure, spice-accented black fruits, supported by grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long.

Score: 90-92/100Robert Parker

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Balestard la Tonnelle gives up crushed cherries, wild blueberries and violets on the nose with chocolate box and anise nuances. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a great core of pure, spice-accented black fruits, supported by grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 90-92/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep smudgy crimson. Sweet Merlot fruit is a surprise after some rather dry Pessacs tasted earlier this morning. Almost a touch overripe on the nose. Juicy, fruity, 'New World' in style apart from the dryish tannins on the finish. (JH)

Score: 15.5-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: Drink 2021-2028
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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