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95 Points and Under $16 - An Over-Delivering Right Bank Stunner - 11/07/2017 - Red Bordeaux

When we first tasted this 2014 back in April we knew it’d be an instant hit. As we expected, the critics were every bit as impressed as we were with Decanter awarding a huge 95 point score and an equally enthusiastic review. Pretty impressive stuff for a Right Bank red that can be had at the lowest in the country price of $15.99. Chateau Tour Saint Christophe has been on a tear of late, crafting sell-out wines with price defying scores. This latest offering from their second label is yet another example of their indomitable winemaking prowess and a can’t miss effort.

Deeply layered and complex, it’s a wine the draws you back to the glass again and again. The clay-limestone terroir is a key component to this wine’s breadth and range of flavors, which are nothing short of amazing. Plum, cassis, black cherry and dark chocolate flavors hold center stage and are beautifully supported by touches of porcini mushroom, wild herbs, and a touch of damp earth. This 2014 is silky smooth, coating the mouth with pure deliciousness. And yes, this is a sub-$16 wine we are talking about here. We’ve had some great Bordeaux values over the course of 2017, but there is little question this one is at the top of the heap. Go ahead and purchase a case, as there’s enough stuffing here to make this charmer enjoyable for the next 10 to 15 years.

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2014 Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe, St-Émilion ($15.99)

95 points Decanter: "Complex aromas burst through, refined sleek oak overlaying herbaceous dark fruits and a savoury iron background. Black plums and cherries dominate the spicy cocoa palate, with crystalline minerality and a long, confident, peppery, finish. *Platinum Medal - World Wine Awards Best Right Bank Bordeaux*" (08/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "I like the aromas of blackberries, mushrooms and bark that flow through to a palate with a medium body, fine-grained tannins and a fresh finish. A thoroughly delicious wine from Château Tour Saint Christophe." (02/2017)

K&L Notes: Château Tour Saint Christophe is located in St-Christophe-des-Bardes at the border of St-Émilion. The vineyard is unique as it is partly planted on narrow terraces and tended in tight rows. The cascading landscape unfolds on the hillside of Cassevert overlooking the St-Laurent valley. The property is home to beautiful centuries-old dry stone terraces on a clay-limestone terroir. About 1.5 km of dry-stone terraces have been repaired by hand, a two-year process. The vineyard, with vines of an average age of 30 years, is orientated south-southwest and benefits from an ideal exposure to sun and perfect natural drainage conditions. Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe is the second label of Château Tour Saint Christophe.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

I sometimes help customers either bewildered by the the sheer number of Saint-Émilions - Grand Cru or otherwise - or certain that they will have to pay a fortune for a decent bottle. I understand their cautiousness, and more often than not I show them this bottle. It certainly isn't pricey, and it is unquestionably good. Here we have a 2nd wine from a Grand Cru estate that delivers the quintessential flavors of the appellation if not its upmost complexities. Cherry and cocoa, with a dusty, earthy minerality, framed by nicely ripe tannins. Ready to be enjoyed with any meat dishes or those delicious fall roasted vegetables.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

The 2nd wine of Saint Christophe is earthy, smooth, rich and filled with blueberry and cherry fruit. This shows a deft touch of limestone and ripe tannins that will stand up to hearty food and allow for a short time in the cellar. Great value here.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

A perfect score for value vs quality. We tasted this wine on our April 2007 trip. This is the second wine of Tour St Christophe which is a rising star in Bordeaux. Fantastic aromas of blackberries, flowers, earth, and blueberries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Absolutely delicious wine now with decanting and it will cellar well for several years. Unfortunately most all of the 2017 vintage was lost because of a devastating frost in St Emilion.