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The vineyard is located on the Plateau Calcaire, east of the town of Saint-Émilion, in the area of the same name. The name derives from a canon of the monastery of St-Émilion named Balestard, as well as an old tower (tonelle = gazebo) still standing in the vineyard. It has been owned since the 15th century by the Capdemourlin family, which also owns die Güter Château Cap-de-Mourlin and Château Petit-Faurie-de-Soutard. The famous French poet and vagabond François Villon (1431-1463) described the wine as "ce divin nectar" (this divine nectar), and a poem by him is included on the bottle label. The estate is classified as "Grand Cru Classé", last confirmed in 2012. The vineyards cover eleven hectares of vines and are planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) and Malbec (5%). The extremely long-lived red wine, which can be stored for decades, matures in 50% new barriques. The second wine is called "Les Tourelles de Balestard".

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