Château Balestard La Tonnelle 2021



The name of this property of 10.50 hectares of vineyards has a double origin:

  • Balestard is the name of a canon of the chapter of Saint-Emilion
  • La Tonnelle is the very old 15th century stone watchtower that still stands in the heart of the vineyard.

The wine owes its fame to François Villon who already mentioned it in a poem that appears on the label. Located at the top of a hillside on a clay-limestone plateau, at the gates of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, the vineyard with its unusual charm, whose current owner is Jacques Capdemourlin, benefits from a privileged situation.

After a traditional vinification, the wine is aged in new oak barrels, half of which are renewed each year. Combining respect for the terroir, tradition and ever more advanced technology, Balestard La Tonnelle offers a wine of extreme elegance, generous, to be placed among the most Classified Growths of Saint-Emilion.



Grape varieties

  • 75% Merlot
  • 10% Cabernet franc
  • 15% Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Jean-Marc Quarin (France) : 16.5/20 92/100
  • The Wine Advocate Lisa Perrotti-Brown (United States): 90-92+/100
  • Decanter Jane Anson (England): 92/100
  • Yves Beck (Switzerland) : 90/100
  • James Suckling (United States): 95/100
  • Vinous Antonio Galloni (United States) : 91-93/100
  • Falstaff Peter Moser (Germany): 91-93/100
  • Jancis Robinson (Angleterre) : 16/20
  • Tasting Book Christer Byklum ( Norway): 90/100
  • Tasting Book Markus Del Monego ( Germany) : 93/100
  • Bernard Burtschy (France) : 93-94/100
  • Revue du Vin de France (France): 90-92/100
  • Bettane + Desseauve Magazine Bettane et Desseauve (France): 92-93/100
  • Vinum (Switzerland) : 16/20
  • The Wine Cellar Insider Jeff Leve (United States): 90-92/100

Technical data

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