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

SKU #1253274 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.  (2/2018)

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, it’s 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 shouldn’t miss this beauty. It’s worth mentioning the estate is managed by the talented Jérôme Aguirre and utilizes Michel Rolland as a consultant.  (11/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Tour Saint Christophe was impressive from barrel and is equally impressive from bottle. Red cherry/raspberry jam, exotic spice and floral notes fill out in a sumptuous, racy Saint-Émilion loaded with personality. Even with all of its overtness, the 2015 retains a good bit of freshness as well. This is a fabulous showing from a property that continues to improve under the stewardship of owner Peter Kwok and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. (AG)  (2/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, matured for 18 months in oak, 40% new, the 2015 Tour Saint Christophe is deep garnet-purple in color with notes of wild blueberries, plum preserves and fruitcake plus touches of dried flowers and underbrush. The concentrated, full-bodied palate is packed with ripe blue and black fruits, supported by a solid foundation of plush, velvety tannins and finishes with wonderful length. (LPB) 92+  (2/2018)

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."

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Staff Image By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
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.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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 Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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 Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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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.
Drink from 2020 to 2035

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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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.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2030

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion