2017 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion

SKU #1455379 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark This estate made a stunning 2017, and I continue to love this wine. A typical blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Chateau Tour Saint Christophe has remarkable purity in its black raspberry and blueberry fruits as well as complex spice, candied violet, spring flower, and cedary herb aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, incredible tannins, and flawless balance, it’s already accessible, as are most 2017s, yet is going to shine for 20 years or more. Inner quote mark (6/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A spicy, fresh and intense red on the nose with chocolate. Medium to full body and very fine tannins that give a creamy texture. Juicy and long. A blend of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. Want to drink it now, but better after 2022. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Tour Saint Christophe is a dense, richly constituted wine loaded with tremendous energy and pure power. It is also a bit shut down; so I would prefer to give it a few years in bottle to be at its best. Black fruit, chocolate, leather, licorice and spice build into the potent, virile finish. This is a wine with tremendous promise. (AG) 93+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Tour Saint-Christophe (blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) charges out of the glass with bold notions of dried mulberries, fruitcake and baked plums plus hints of tobacco, iron ore and tilled soil. Full-bodied, the palate is undeniably rich and opulent, yet the freshness injects vibrance and a sense of decorum, supported by plush tannins, finishing on a compelling mineral note. The alcohol here is knocking on 15%, but you wouldn't know it. (Psst, considering this is well over the 14% USA tariff threshold, this should find lots of takers in the States!) (LPB) 92+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Tour Saint Christophe has a well defined bouquet with black truffle tinged black fruit with hints of cassis surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very lithe in the mouth, not the most complex Tour Saint Christophe that I have tasted in recent years, but I appreciate the saline finish. Very fine." (02/2020)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2021 | Send Email
This wine is so approachable and lovely in its youth! I love vintages like 2017 because the terroir shines through than in riper vintages and prices are better. The '17 Tour St. Christophe is a perfect example. It has soft tannins, pretty red currant fruit with a hint of orange peel, and soft velvety tannins. The finish has great freshness and verve. Great for mid term aging.

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