2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253445 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)

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)

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)

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. 92+ (LPB)  (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. "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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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | 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: 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!

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion