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Château Balestard La Tonnelle

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2022
93
Cherry liqueur, plums, and espresso with bitter cocoa notes are in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, soft, fresh, creamy, fruit-filled palate. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts.

Cherry liqueur, plums, and espresso with bitter cocoa notes are in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, soft, fresh, creamy, fruit-filled palate. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
91
Black cherries, espresso, smoke, flowers and dark chocolate create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is supple, creamy and fresh with sweet, minty plums and a light touch of chocolate at the end of the finish. Drink from 2024-2038.

Black cherries, espresso, smoke, flowers and dark chocolate create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is supple, creamy and fresh with sweet, minty plums and a light touch of chocolate at the end of the finish. Drink from 2024-2038.

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Espresso, plums, cherries, and flowers are already on the nose of this soft, forward, silky, fresh, medium-bodied, vibrant wine. This is just about ready to go with its fruity, plummy, cocoa-infused finish. Drink from 2023-2037. 90-92

Espresso, plums, cherries, and flowers are already on the nose of this soft, forward, silky, fresh, medium-bodied, vibrant wine. This is just about ready to go with its fruity, plummy, cocoa-infused finish. Drink from 2023-2037. 90-92

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2020
93
Much better in the bottle than I expected, the wine pops with its display of sweet, ripe, plums, savory herbs, crushed stone, licorice, and smoke. It is even better on the palate with its lush textures, and multiple layers of sweet, ripe fruits, along with its accents of chocolate, spice, salt, and espresso. The luscious finish seals the deal! Drink from 2023-2045.

Much better in the bottle than I expected, the wine pops with its display of sweet, ripe, plums, savory herbs, crushed stone, licorice, and smoke. It is even better on the palate with its lush textures, and multiple layers of sweet, ripe fruits, along with its accents of chocolate, spice, salt, and espresso. The luscious finish seals the deal! Drink from 2023-2045.

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With a strong touch of oak right out of the gate, the deeply colored wine also brings you incense, spice box, licorice and black with blue fruit. Forward, lush and round, the finish is all luscious red berries and espresso notes. 90-92 Pts

With a strong touch of oak right out of the gate, the deeply colored wine also brings you incense, spice box, licorice and black with blue fruit. Forward, lush and round, the finish is all luscious red berries and espresso notes. 90-92 Pts

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2019
92
Fresh, juicy, sweet, soft and vibrant, the wine is loaded with layers of black and red plums, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso and flowers. The medium-bodied finish lingers with elegant, ripe, fruits, earthy nuances and freshness. There is nice lift and energy here. Drink from 2024-2037.

Fresh, juicy, sweet, soft and vibrant, the wine is loaded with layers of black and red plums, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso and flowers. The medium-bodied finish lingers with elegant, ripe, fruits, earthy nuances and freshness. There is nice lift and energy here. Drink from 2024-2037.

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Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and chewy, with ripe red berries and cocoa from start to finish, the wine leaves you with lift and freshness along with more red fruits and a hit of cocoa in the finish. 90-92 Pts

Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and chewy, with ripe red berries and cocoa from start to finish, the wine leaves you with lift and freshness along with more red fruits and a hit of cocoa in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2018
92
Medium-bodied, soft, sweet and silky with licorice, spice, espresso and earthy accents. The polished, red fruit and stone finish seals the deal.

Medium-bodied, soft, sweet and silky with licorice, spice, espresso and earthy accents. The polished, red fruit and stone finish seals the deal.

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Medium-bodied, soft and polished with freshness, silky tannins, sweet plums, ripe cherries, licorice and earth in the supple, polished finish. 91-93 Pts

Medium-bodied, soft and polished with freshness, silky tannins, sweet plums, ripe cherries, licorice and earth in the supple, polished finish. 91-93 Pts

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2017
91
Bright, fresh, soft, forward, medium-bodied, fruity, plum and dark cherry centered wine with chocolate dusted, licorice accents in the finish.

Bright, fresh, soft, forward, medium-bodied, fruity, plum and dark cherry centered wine with chocolate dusted, licorice accents in the finish.

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2016
90
Fresh herbs, thyme, licorice and red plums work together in this medium-bodied, easy to like wine. Soft, fresh and juicy, this is quite already quite charming.

Fresh herbs, thyme, licorice and red plums work together in this medium-bodied, easy to like wine. Soft, fresh and juicy, this is quite already quite charming.

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Medium bodied with polished soft fruits, hints of licorice, thyme, herbs and cherries, the wine leaves you with an earthy finish.

Medium bodied with polished soft fruits, hints of licorice, thyme, herbs and cherries, the wine leaves you with an earthy finish.

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2015
91
Medium-bodied, soft, sweet and fresh, the silky, polished, spicy. red fruit oriented wine sticks with you from the nose to the finesse driven finish.

Medium-bodied, soft, sweet and fresh, the silky, polished, spicy. red fruit oriented wine sticks with you from the nose to the finesse driven finish.

2,159 Views   Tasted
Medium-bodied and softly-textured, this wine displays a wealth of ripe, dark, red fruits, plum and thyme with juicy black cherries in the finish.

Medium-bodied and softly-textured, this wine displays a wealth of ripe, dark, red fruits, plum and thyme with juicy black cherries in the finish.

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2014
89
Soft, medium bodied, approachable, silky and offering fresh, red fruits and licorice from start to finish. 88-90 Pts

Soft, medium bodied, approachable, silky and offering fresh, red fruits and licorice from start to finish. 88-90 Pts

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2013
88
With licorice, black cherry and cocoa, this soft, early-drinking, medium-bodied wine has minerality and an open red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

With licorice, black cherry and cocoa, this soft, early-drinking, medium-bodied wine has minerality and an open red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

2,169 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Oak, licorice, caramel with round and soft black raspberries and chocolate-covered cherries. 90-92 Pts

Oak, licorice, caramel with round and soft black raspberries and chocolate-covered cherries. 90-92 Pts

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2011
90
Coffee, stone, ripe red berries, polished textures and soft red cherry are found in this supple wine. 90-91 Pts

Coffee, stone, ripe red berries, polished textures and soft red cherry are found in this supple wine. 90-91 Pts

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2010
88
2010 Balestard La Tonnelle is filled with licorice, fresh berries and minerality. 87-89 Pts

2010 Balestard La Tonnelle is filled with licorice, fresh berries and minerality. 87-89 Pts

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2009
88
Dried cherries, espresso beans and earthy scents, medium bodied, finishing with sweet and tart, dark red berries.

Dried cherries, espresso beans and earthy scents, medium bodied, finishing with sweet and tart, dark red berries.

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2005
89
Fully developed, medium-bodied, fresh, bright, earthy, round and soft with sweet, juicy plums, smoke, licorice and earthy nuances.

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

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2000
90
Fully mature, this is probably going to fade from here, so if you want to catch the licorice stained, cherries, juicy plums, thyme and round textured, sweet, fruit, filled finish, if you have a bottle, pop a cork sooner than later.

Fully mature, this is probably going to fade from here, so if you want to catch the licorice stained, cherries, juicy plums, thyme and round textured, sweet, fruit, filled finish, if you have a bottle, pop a cork sooner than later.

2,913 Views   Tasted