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Last Chance at Pre-Arrival Pricing on an Amazing Sub-$30 Bordeaux Value - 01/23/2018 - Red Bordeaux

With a new 95-Point, in-bottle score from Jeb Dunnuck, we thought it the perfect opportunity to revisit one of the biggest values from the sterling 2015 Bordeaux vintage. The 2015 Tour St-Christophe was an instant bestseller when we offered it back in April of 2016 and sales have continue at an impressive clip since. Still with a sharp, pre-arrival price of $29.99, now is the time to secure this beauty. Dunnuck’s new score is well earned and is more than substantiated by both James Suckling and Wine Advocates glowing reviews. But all these accolades are hardly surprising as when our Bordeaux buying team first tasted this 2015 with winemaker Jean-Christophe Meyrou at the chateau, they were immediately struck by how well-poised and immediately accessible it is. Rich, fleshy, and with a seamless delivery, it has everything we love so much about the 2015 vintage. If you are like us and love a classic Bordeaux profile, but don’t want to pay a bundle, we can’t think of a better pick. Scroll down and read both the professional and staff review below and you’ll see this a very special bottle that over performs on every level. Go ahead and stock up here, as the Tour Saint Christophe is a you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 96 $29.99 View

2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries and spices. Hints of limestone and a graphite edge also come out now. Full-bodied, structured and muscular. Layered and intense. Dark berries and hints of sea salt on the finish. Steely minerality and freshness. Wow. Drink in 2024 but so interesting to taste." (02/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A total blockbuster from new owner Peter Kwok, who purchased the estate in 2012, the 2015 Château Tour Saint Christophe is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc brought up in 40% new wood. It boasts a deep purple color and sensational notes of ripe currants and crème de cassis, as well as background graphite, cedar, and spice nuances. Full-bodied, deep, layered, and perfectly balanced, with sweet tannin and integrated acidity, its one of those wines where everything is in the right place, it has no hard edges, and a beautiful finish. It needs short-term cellaring to come together, but you shouldnt miss this beauty. Its worth mentioning the estate is managed by the talented Jérôme Aguirre and utilizes Michel Rolland as a consultant." (11/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Tour Saint-Christophe, owned by Peter Kwok since 2012, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc cropped at 33 hl/ha between 3-16 October and matured in 40% new oak. It has an intense nose, perhaps slightly on the alcoholic side due to the Merlot (14.8%). The palate is more controlled and refined. There is still some new oak to be absorbed, but the tannins seem fine, and it is endowed with blood orange and citrus fruit lending freshness and tension on the long, sensual finish. Bottle-age will temper the nose and it should ultimately turn into a very impressive Saint Emilion. (NM)" (04/2016)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Tour Saint Christophe is the most beautiful wine I have tasted off this property. Dark, sumptuous and yet also strikingly vivid, the 2015 possesses superb nuance to balance its natural intensity. Cloves, new leather, crème de cassis and sweet spices give the 2015 much of its unctuous feel and overall texture. This is a superb showing from Tour Saint Christophe and the team led by proprietor Peter Kwok and consultant Michel Rolland. (AG)" (04/2016)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed, minty wine, attractive and freshly fruity. It has great acidity and fine, firm tannins, ripe and potentially with a generous, full texture. (RV)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe is a mid-18th century property located at the limit between the two villages of Saint-Emilion and Saint Christophe des Bardes. Consisting of 11 hectares on the eastern clay and limestone hills of Saint-Emilion, the chateau overlooks beautiful, ancient dry stone terraces restored by hand during a renovation by the owners in 2012. Says K&L owner Clyde Beffa, "One of my top ten values under $30 for this great vintage. Rich and round and quite sexy - a property to watch."

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Opulent and deep with a rich core of black and blue fruits, cocoa powder and integrated oak (30% new). Polished but bright finish with mineral and suave tannins. A breakout year for the brilliant team at Tour St-Christophe.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Tasting the 2015 next to the 2012 was a great way to contrast the vintages. The 2012 is an elegant and rounded wine with lovely highlights of red fruit, whereas the 2015 is a darker beast, full of fleshy Merlot and intensely concentrated black fruits with highlights from the oak and ripe tannins. The terraced slopes of Tour St. Christophe's vineyards are a very special place, capable of creating truly expressive wine, and this 2015 cuvee is just another example of that fact.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Inky color, lots of upfront fruit, very ripe and layered in the mouth, loaded with mocha, cream and blackberry flavors, shows a fair amount of structure and the wine is fresh on the finish. This is a sleeper and a great buy from the 2015 vintage!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Our third vintage for this property (12 and 14 also available)and a property I picked three years ago as one to watch. The only property on our April trip where we visited twice to taste their amazing wines. The 15 is their best yet. Situated across the valley from Barde Haut, the terroir is tops and one of the highest in St Emilion. 80% Merlot and 20% Cab Franc - 14.8% natural alcohol and you can't tell at all. Very spicy black cherry aromas and flavors. Long and lingering on the palate. So good and under $30. One of my top 10 value wines of the vintage.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Outstanding value!! Loaded with blueberry/blackberry fruit backed up by good minerality and salinity. Soft tannins and ripe fruit make this a delicious St. Emilion that won't break the bank.