2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (stained labels)
Incredible chalk and salt character with minerala and cocoa as well as berries. Full-bodied, tightly wound and long. So much going on. From Hong Kong’s Kwok family who also own Haut-Brisson in St. Emilion. This is the first year they made. Located next door to Barde-Haut. Better in 2017. Exciting new wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An attractive wine from another member of the Chinese Kwok family, the 2012 Tour Saint Christophe has a dense ruby/purple color, appealing cassis and blackcurrant fruit, medium body, foresty floral notes, wood and spice. The color is deep and the wine rich, multi-dimensional and complex. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. This is an estate to watch carefully as quality soars. (RP)
A hefty, dark style, with a big dose of melted licorice and warm fruitcake flavors, followed by a core of plum sauce and blackberry confiture. A dark ganache coating holds sway on the finish. Ambitious and extracted, but seems unlikely to gain nuance or finesse with age. Drink now through 2019.
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 hillls of Saint Emilion, the chateau overlooks beautiful ancient dry stone terraces restored by hand during a renovation by the owners in 2012. The results of that refurbishing are incredible as the 2012 vintage of Tour St-Christophe is a sleek and stylized wine in what could turn out to be a fantastic year for value Right Bank options. Dark cocoa and spice even out the opulent fruit.