2014 Tour St-Christophe, St-Émilion

SKU #1290965 94 points James Suckling

 Fantastic aromas of blackberries, flowers, chalk and blueberries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Intense and structured.  (2/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Tour Saint-Christophe comes from Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, the lieu-dit Cassevert, where proprietor Peter Kwok has built some quite startling terraces on the slope to improve the terroir (apparently recruited from Spain as only they possess the technical know-how). My, what a Saint Emilion this is. It has a very well-defined bouquet with crisp, pure mineral-rich red and black fruit. I like the focus here; there is an intention to perform at the top level that comes through where it matters—in the glass. The palate is silky smooth with a fine line of acidity, layers of red cherry and blueberry fruit, leading to a detailed and very satisfying, long finish. This 2014 serves notice of a new, bright kid on the block.  (3/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2014 Tour Saint-Christophe is opulent and full-throttle in style, with plenty of up-front fruit to match its racy, open-knit personality. Violets, blackberry jam, spices and new leather abound in a succulent St.-Emilion to enjoy over the next decade or so. A second sample was quite a bit firmer and more structured. It will be interesting to see which of the two samples turns out to be closer to the finished wine. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. (AG)  (4/2015)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
This modern and delicious Bordeaux has a plush and velvety texture with fine, ripe tannins holding everything together on the finish. The entry is toasty and earthy with a vanilla tinged blueberry and blackberry middle of sweet and layered fruit. So easy to drink that you wont have to wait. This property is doing great things.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
The first thing that impressed me about Tour St. Christophe was the vineyards. We first saw the site after having lunch at Barde-Haut and noticed these gorgeously terraced rows of vines cascading down the rolling hills of St. Emilion. After we figured out who owned the property, we decided to try the wines. That's when the second impressive thing about Tour St. Christophe emerged: the price to quality ratio. I'm a big fan of the Right Bank wines and I think it's about time the general American public got over its longstanding (and misguided) merlot phobia. The 2014 vintage from Bordeaux is exploding with values right now and this is one of the best. This is a full-bodied, rich, and mouthcoating St. Emilion with more gusto than much of what I've tasted from the vintage. For the price, it could be your next gateway bottle. 2014, 15, and 16 are looking to be serious Right Bank harvests, so this is a great little homework assignment for the future.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
One of our best new discoveries during our trip to Bordeaux back 2015. This property is owned by the Peter Kwok Group and it sits on terraced slopes just across from Barde-Haut. This is quite a big wine with a lot going on. It's rich, lush, sweet, and finely-structured, plus it drinks beautifully right out of the bottle. Tour St. Christophe has quickly become one of our top value properties to watch.
Drink from 2018 to 2029

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Varietal:

Merlot

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion