The vines are in the commune of Saint Christophe des Bardes. Due east of the Saint Emilion village, close to Valandraud and Fleur Cardinale. Peter Kwok purchased Tour Saint Christophe in 2012. Along with Chateau Tour Saint Christophe, he owns Haut Brisson, Enclos Tourmaline, La Patache, Enclos de Viaud, and my new favourite Bellefont-Belcier.
Chateau Tour Saint Christophe is 20 hectare on clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is organic & biodynamically farmed.
Peter Kwok has intentionally kept the price of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe low. As people learn of the quality, the price will increase.
Chateau Tour Saint Christophe St Emilion Grand Cru 2019 Notes.
This and Tour Carnet will be the wines I open on arrival. I love old Bordeaux but I love trying the newly arrived wines too. With great reviews, it’s nice to have wines like Tour Saint Christophe that you can approach young and enjoy.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Bordeaux, 18 May 2020)
Pretty high austerity and salinity in this one, reflecting the higher percentage of Cabernet Franc and the full emphasis of limestone soils. Will bide its time, and should be a delicious glass of wine in five or six years – the blueberry, gunsmoke and grilled rosemary finish is extremely promising. A yield of 37hl/ha. 40% new oak. 3.6pH.
Drinking Window 2025 – 2040
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers provide its shape. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, make Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last-minute by timely sunshine.
With approximately 5400 hectares planted it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol, the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
Is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
This year I got to taste the barrel samples for the first time. And while I don’t think 2019 is the vintage of the century. But is of outstanding quality. 2019 is up there with some of the best in the modern era. What’s more, this is the most affordable great vintage of Bordeaux we’ve seen in many, many years. And if you’ve been as lucky as I have and drunk a fair bit of mature Bordeaux, you will know that the great vintages, like 2019, are always a pleasure to drink.