Released this afternoon alongside sibling-estates Enlcos Tourmaline and Haut-Brisson, Château Tour Saint-Christophe is offered at £138 per six bottles in bond, an increase of around 5.8% on the 2019 vintage. We were thrilled by our tasting of cask samples last week and think this is excellent value.
James Suckling awards the wine 95-96 points, just a point below his range for Enclos Tourmaline. The fruit purity we are seeing across the 2020s was evident in spades, with a full, rounded palate, a beautiful soft texture on the palate and an earthiness that marks it out as classic Grand Cru St.-Émilion.
See Tour Saint-Christophe's Cellar Master Cyril Alexis introduce the new 2020 vintage here:
Offered en primeur, landing spring 2023.
|RED||2020||7 cases||Château Tour Saint Christophe||75cl||£276 per case of 12||Château Tour Saint Christophe
2020 / 7 cases / 75cl
£276 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Clean and precisely-spliced black fruits, austerity in the tannins and a mocha, grilled coffee bean edging through the finish. Good quality and well balanced, intense to the point of slightly bitter on the final moments. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Full-bodied and creamy with lots of spice and walnut character. Lovely softness and purity. Black fruit at the end. Very fine tannins. Well-integrated. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com------"A wine I continue to buy in every vintage, the 2020 Château Tour Saint-Christophe looks to be another no-brainer for the Saint-Emilion lovers out there. Coming from a gorgeous, terraced vineyard on the eastern side of the appellation and based on 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, it has a perfumed, elegant, pure style in its darker cherry and cassis fruits as well as classic cedarwood, earth, and forest floor aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and just beautiful on the palate, with terrifically integrated acidity and tannins, it’s going to round into form nicely with just short-term bottle age and have two decades of prime drinking. This wine is still resting in 40% new French oak and has an alcohol of 14.7% with a pH of 3.6. 93-96 points" Jebdunnuck.com