“This is tight with finesse and focus… an ultra-fine palate and polished tannins. It goes on and on and on.”
96-97 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING
Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe is an estate we have been following closely since it was acquired by Hong Kong businessman Peter Kwok in 2012. The investment in this property has seen the wine dramatically improve in the last few years. Combine this with its superb terroir and a location neighbouring the likes of Le Tertre-Roteboeuf and Troplong Mondot and you have one of Saint-Emilion's most exciting properties.
Every year, the estate seems to get better; the wine has never been so concentrated and balanced as in 2019. Thanks to their limestone and blue clay soils, the wine never feels heavy, despite the generosity of fruit. It also performs particularly well in drier vintages like 2019. General Manager Jean-Christophe Meyrou attests to how well the terroir reacted during the warm and dry season, while the cool nights helped retain the wine's freshness.
Combine this with 50 year old Cabernet Franc vines, 60% whole grape 'vinification integral' which brings added elegance to the wine, and you have a beautifully balanced Saint-Emilion Grand Cru with incredible focus, energy and mouthwatering minerality. The perfect harvest conditions allowed the team to pick each parcel as they wished, enabling them to play around with maturity levels in order to retain the balance and avoid a wine with over-mature flavours.
The 2019 vintage is a wonderfully flamboyant, powerful and explosive Saint-Emilion, with generous fruit concentration - black plum, blackberry and a touch of cassis - and great expansive tannins. Despite all the fruit there is a lovely backbone of acidity and mineral freshness. This is rich and mouthwatering.
With the reputation of this top value estate continuously rising and every previous vintage selling out during En Primeur, this is one not to miss in 2019.