2019 Châteaux Tour Saint-Christophe, St.-EmilionThursday, June 4
Owned by Peter Kwok, along with Haut-Brisson, Enclos Tourmaline and, most recently, Bellefont-Belcier, all four estates are benefiting from his investment and relentless pursuit of quality.
In St.-Emilion, Tour Saint-Christophe's vines are enviably positioned, sitting between Troplong Mondot and Tertre Roteboeuf. The 20 hectares of vines and farmed biodynamically. The blend here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with 40% aged in new oak.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Tour Saint-Christophe, St.-Emilion Grand Cru
"The 2019 Tour Saint Christophe was picked from 27 September until 15 October at 37hl/ha. Matured in 40% new oak, this has an incredibly concentrated bouquet that needs to shrug off a little reduction when I taste it. Layers of blackberry and blueberry, wilted violets and orange rind burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe grippy tannins that frame the layers of dense black fruit tinged with allspice and graphite. It is a Saint-Émilion clearly built for the long-term, powerful and uncompromising, perhaps one that will be in need of cellaring for several years before it becomes approachable. 94-96 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"This is tight with finesse and focus. Minerally and salty with an ultra-fine palate and polished tannins. It goes on and on and on. Strength and finesse at the same time. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. 96-97 Points." James Suckling