2018 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408030 96-97 points James Suckling

 Blueberry and blackberry character with hints of white pepper and chalk. Salty, too. Full-bodied, tight and polished with fantastic texture and length. Very closed and tight with gorgeous tannin quality.  (4/2019)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 This tiny, picturesque vineyard on the east side of Saint-Émilion has turned out another brilliant wine with their 2018 Château Tour Saint Christophe. The vineyard covers 6.5 hectares of terraced slopes sitting just across from Château Barde-Haut and consists of old vine Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 2018 is a tentative blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, harvested from September 25 through October 15, that hit 14.6% alcohol and is aging in 40% new French oak, with the balance in second- and third-fill barrels. Its deep purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, ripe, brilliantly concentrated Saint-Émilion that has terrific purity of fruit, classic minerality and graphite characteristics, good acidity, and building tannins. In short, it’s a classic wine from this cooler terroir that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for two decades. It well worth a multiple case purchase! 93-95+  (5/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In 2012, Hong Kong-based Peter Kwok purchased this vineyard located in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes. The average age of vines is 30 years old. The wine is aging in 40% new oak barrels, 40% one-year-old and 20% two-year-old barrels and is expected to run 18 months. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with fruit from the Cassevert lieu-dit, and the wine has 14.6% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Tour Saint-Christophe bursts out of the glass with wonderfully pure blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry scents with an undercurrent of plum preserves, star anise and cinnamon stick with wafts of charcuterie and dried herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with vibrant, juicy black fruits with a ripe, rounded tannin texture and fantastic freshness, finishing savory. (LPB) 92-94+  (4/2019)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2018 Tour Saint Christophe has a delineated and focused, almost clinical bouquet with pretty red cherry and blueberry fruit intermixed with peony and iris flower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and poise with really quite superb tension and energy on the finish. This could have been pushed in the winery - it’s not - it’s succinctly judged and really utterly delicious. So silky that it will probably drink early, but I would advise cellaring for five years if possible. (NM)  (11/2019)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Tour Saint Christophe is a wine of real depth and intensity. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice, spice and leather build through to the creamy, resonant finish. There is plenty of the density and volume readers have come to expect, but also less extraction than in the past, and that is a good thing. Consulting winemaker Michel Rolland really seems to have dialed it in here. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times." (4/2019)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
This was our first stop on the 2018 en primeur campaign for good reason. Tour St. Christophe is a rising star in St. Emilion, and represents an excellent opportunity for value for customers in the know. This was a standout for all price points in St. Emilion. Rich brambly black fruit, a touch of earthy graphite, powerful structure yet impeccably balanced, this is a wine made for the long haul, yet I suspect will be quite enjoyable upon release.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
What is the greatest value in all of St. Emilion wine? It's a tough call in my opinion as my top 2 choices are owned and made by the same team. The Peter Kwok estates of Ch. Tour Saint Christophe and Ch. Haut Brisson are made by the talented team of J.C Meyrou and Jerome Aquirre. Both are very different wines but both feature beautiful pure fruit. TSC has we call it, is loaded with lively blue fruit with lots of spice, lift,freshness and a long limestone finish. The sales stats and the taste don't lie!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
Dark purple in color with a toasty upfront nose, this wine shows intense black fruits, black licorice, coco powder, plums and smoke. Tannins are big but ripe. This should be a big winner for the money in 2018!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
There are few wineries in the world on a qualitative run like the folks at Tour Saint Christophe are experiencing right now. The 2018 continues that trend and shows the deeply fruited character of the vintage with deep aromas of figs and black plum leading to a palate with chalky tannin, ripe fruit, and baking chocolate. There is good depth here and although it'll be hard to resist young, it has the structure that will demand a few years.

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- 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.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion