2014 Tour St-Christophe, St. Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
This is a stunning barrel sample with oyster shells, blackberries, chalk, blueberries. Full body, great density of fruit and power. Best yet?
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Tour Saint Christophe 2014 has a very pure bouquet. There is some new oak to be subsumed, but there is plenty of fruit to support it. The palate is ripe and sensual on the entry with supple tannin, plush black cherry and blackberry fruit with a generous, modern-style opening with commendable length. This could turn out to be one of Saint Emilion's classier offerings in 2014. (NM)
The 2014 Tour Saint-Christophe is opulent and full-throttle in style, with plenty of up-front fruit to match its racy, open-knit personality. Violets, blackberry jam, spices and new leather abound in a succulent St.-Emilion to enjoy over the next decade or so. A second sample was quite a bit firmer and more structured. It will be interesting to see which of the two samples turns out to be closer to the finished wine. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. (AG)