Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle 2001

2013/3/9


未成年請勿飲酒,飲酒過量有礙身體健康

Medium+ nose, still a bit green note, majorly black berry, dry plum, pickled squash note, wet soil, gravel note, leather, oak, and a hint of bouquet. Medium+ body, medium+ acidity, medium+ alc., and medium+ length. The palate is a bit savory. The tannin is medium+ and firm, but a bit rough.

香氣中偏高,仍然帶有一些青草味道,但以黑莓、乾李子、醃漬醬瓜氣味、濕土壤、皮革為主,帶有一些石頭、木桶與花香氣味。口感有點鹹感,酸度、酒精杜、酒體、餘韻都是中上。單寧仍很緊緻,但有點不夠細緻。

SY Rating: 16/20

25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 70% Merlot. Fermentation in 50% thermoregulated stainless, and 50% in cement vat. Aging in barrel (50% new & 50% old) for 15~18 months. Currently under consulting of Michel Rolland.

Basically 2001 is not a bad vintage for St. Emilion, but I think this St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe chateau did not make a wine match the vintage level (probably they are in the conversion phase).

Vierge Marie, gente déesse,
Garde-moi place en paradis
Oncque n’aurai joie ni liesse
Ici-bas, puisqu’il n’est permis
De boire ce divin nectar,
Qui porte nom de Balestard,

Qu’à gens fortunés en ce monde.
Or, suis miséreux et pauvret,
Si donc au Ciel ce vin abonde,
Viens, doulce Mort, point ne m’effraye,
Porte-moi parmi les élus
Qui, là-haut, savourent ce cru.
François VILLON (1431 – 1463)

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