2005 Château Balestard La Tonnelle St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2005 Château Balestard La Tonnelle  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully developed, medium-bodied, fresh, bright, earthy, round and soft with sweet, juicy plums, smoke, licorice and earthy nuances.

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When to Drink Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle can be enjoyed on the young side. The wine is usually better with just a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Balestard La Tonnelle is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-15 years of life. Young vintages of Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle can be decanted for up to 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.