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2016 Bordeaux: A Potential 97-Pointer for Under $27 – First-Tranche is Here - 04/11/2017 - Red Bordeaux

In his review of the 2016 Tour St-Christophe, James Suckling dramatically proclaims it “a triumph for the vintage” while awarding a potential score of 97 points. This alone is enough to garner significant interest, but when you include that this stunning bottle of claret can be had for well under $30, you have what will certainly go down as one of the top values of a highly successful vintage and one of the highest scoring wines in this price range we may have ever seen from Bordeaux. Also available from the same dynamic team is one of our personal favorites in Haut-Brisson, a somewhat lesser-known estate that has over the years amassed a growing cadre of fans and a stunning 94-95 point score for their 2016. Taken together these are a pair of outstanding Bordeaux values that are perfect for collector and casual drinker alike.

Tour St-Christophe has been a top seller at K&L for some years now and given its recent press, we expect the 2016 to perform equally as well, if not better, than its earlier vintages. This small estate has made its reputation on crafting wines of terrific opulence and finesse. For those taken by lush fruit and delightful accents of wood and spice, this 2016 delivers in spades. You will have to remind yourself that it cost under $30, as its broad and developed profile is of a wine twice that price. While 2016 is shaping up to offer many a great value, we suspect none will quite match the Tour St-Christophe. Available as a pre-arrival, now is the time to lock in your allocation as pricing will only go up from here. Don’t miss out on these two great St-Émilion as they are sure to offer many, many years of drinking enjoyment.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2016 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) 95 >60 $23.99 View
2016 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 97 >48 $26.99 View

2016 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) ($23.99)

94-95 points James Suckling: "Soft and velvety wine with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry character. Full body, a dense center palate and a long and pure finish. Another winner." (03/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Haut Brisson is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc was cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare picked from 5-15 October, matured in 35% new oak. It has a rich and slightly heady bouquet with intense black cherry and crème de cassis notes, although I find that the Tour St Christophe, which is also owned by Peter Kwok, has far more detail. The palate is full-bodied with dense ripe tannin, quite intense with a touch of dried blood infusing the black fruit with a structured, gently grippy finish. I would just like to see more finesse come through once this is bottle. (NM)" (04/2017)

89-92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Haut Brisson is juicy and flamboyant, with succulent red cherry and plum fruit pushed forward. A wine with striking inner sweetness and no hard edges, the 2016 will appeal most to readers who enjoy the opulent, full-throttle side of Saint-Émilion. (AG)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Scented and peppery on the nose and then gently sweet on the palate. Much less drying than most. Charming! 17/20 points. (JR)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2017

One of the great bargains for the appellation and a killer wine in its own right. This is dark and serious with layers of sweet blueberry fruit, limestone shadings and gravely grip on the finish, A complete and easy to like wine.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

22 hectares of vines in a mix of clay limestone and sand and gravel soils. Major improvements here recently to bolster the already high quality of the wines. Vinification is by parcel in small, conical steel tanks. Barrel aging with 35% new. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Rich and round with very sweet, ripe fruit. 14.5% alc. Finishes very fine.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Great value here. Coffee and tea aromas with some black fruit underneath. A powerhouse on the palate, but so sweet and lush. Very round tannins.

2016 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($26.99)

96-97 points James Suckling: "This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015." (04/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Tour Saint-Christophe, the Saint Emilion estate of Peter Kwok whose eye-catching terraced vineyard looks upon Barde-Haut from the other side of the valley, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 5-23 October and matured in 40% new oak. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries and cassis scents, the new oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet and supple tannin, a little richer than the 2015 and yet still managing to translate the terroir with aplomb. Tasted twice, one bottle showed a little more precision than the other, but I remain confident that this will turn into a Saint Emilion worth investigating. (NM)" (04/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Tour Saint Christophe is gorgeous. Exotic, ripe and voluptuous, the 2016 possesses striking aromatics and plenty of presence. Smoke, grilled herbs, inky dark fruit, crème de cassis and leather are beautifully delineated in the glass. This is the first recent vintage I can remember tasting that is not overextracted. There is a real expression of fruit. Suffice it to say, this is a very positive development for the château. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times. *Top 30 Bordeaux Values of 2016 Vintage* (AG)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Another success for this bargain priced property that is pushing quality to new levels vintage after vintage. There is wonderful purity to the vanilla laced blueberry fruited middle that is layered and expressive. Tons of mineral character here with just the right amount of tannin. This barrel sample was ready to take home and drink.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

From 20 hectares of terraced vineyards on clay limestone soils in the commune of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes near Chateau Barde-Haut. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Harvest quite late here in 2016 beginning on October 5th with the Merlot and finishing on October 23rd with the last of the Cabernet Franc. Fruit very sweet and ripe and a bit forward at 14.8% alc. Still, a supremely balanced effort overall sure to please many palates. Tannins are quite firm though very fine in keeping with the vintage. Quality is very high here with no expense spared. Very polished effort. Excellent value.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Just like last year, but perhaps a bit better? Pure and precise. 20% new oak. Fresh and lively aromas of boysenberry that follow to palate. Lots of mineral from the limestone and clay soil. Outstanding value. These guys are on a roll.