A fruity 2018 with a full to medium body and a pretty core of fruit and ripe tannins. Lively finish. Just the right amount of spice and cedar.
93-94 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2018 Balestard la Tonnelle is deep garnet-purple colored and bursts forth with opulent baked blackberries, stewed plums, spice cake and dried mulberries scents with a seriously minty undercurrent and wafts of Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit is well supported by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
The 2018 Château Balestard La Tonnelle sports a vivid purple color as well as notes of kirsch, jammy blueberry and blackberries, spicy oak, and licorice. This medium to full-bodied Saint-Émilion is nicely concentrated, has a creamy, polished texture, outstanding balance and a great finish. It’s a ripe, sexy wine.
90-92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)