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The winery is located on the Plateau Calcaire to the east of the town of Saint-Émilion(Bordeaux) in the area of the same name. The name is derived from a canon of the St-Émilion abbey named Balestard, as well as an old tower (Tonelle = arbour) still standing in a vineyard. It has been owned by the Capdemourlin family since the 15th century, who also own the two wine estates Château Cap-de-Mourlin and Château Petit-Faurie-de-Soutard.

Château Balestard La Tonnelle - Gebäude Eingang

The famous French poet and vagrant François Villon (1431-1463) described the wine as "ce divin nectar" (this divine nectar), a poem by him is included on the bottle label. The estate is classified as a Grand Cru Classé, which was last confirmed in 2012. The vineyards cover eleven hectares and are planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) and Cot (5%). Half of the red wine, which has an extremely long life of up to several decades, matures in new barriques. The second wine is called "Les Tourelles de Balestard".

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