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

SKU #1253274 95-96 points James Suckling

 Extremely firm and silky. Dark berry, violet, salt and mineral. Full body. Energy, vibrant and verve. Layered and compressed. Best ever here. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.  (4/2016)

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)  (4/2016)

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)  (4/2016)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. 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)  (4/2016)

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. "One of my top ten values under $30 for this great vintage. Rich and round and quite sexy - a property to watch," says K&L owner Clyde Beffa.

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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!

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.

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!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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

Additional Information:

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