Since its first release in 2014, Tour Saint Christophe has produced a run of great wines with 2015, 2016 and 2018 all excelling. The 2019 vintage arguably set a new benchmark for the property and, at £285 per dozen in bond, remains remarkably good value and a compelling buy.
Purchased in 2012 by Hong Kong financier Peter Kwok and his daughter Karen, the investment at Tour St Christophe has been considerable, making the very most of its superb situation on clay and limestone soils between the villages of Saint Emilion and Saint Christophe Les Bardes. The vineyards face Troplong Mondot to the East and Tertre Rôteboeuf to the South.
Neal Martin scores the 2019 95 points – “This is a Saint-Emilion that is in for the long haul. Great potential.” His colleague Antonio Galloni rates it 94 points - “Tour Saint-Christophe remains one of the greatest values in Bordeaux”.
With the 2022 vintage released at £351 per dozen, the 2019 looks all the more attractive. Our stock is lying with us at our Melksham bond.
The 2019 Tour Saint Christophe builds on the promise it showed from barrel. This sample was actually tasted at my home, where I afforded it a two-hour decant. It revealed precocious yet controlled blackberry and blueberry fruit scents, with that violet component still intact. The tannins have not lost any of their grippiness or assertiveness. This is a Saint-Émilion that is in for the long haul. Great potential. 2026 - 2050
Beautiful, intense fruit, dark-earth and chocolate character on the nose. Full-bodied with great density and plush, fine tannins that give a fine-velvet texture. It’s extremely long, polished and sophisticated. Needs time to come together, but expressive and glorious. Fantastic relative value. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. Drink after 2025.
From clay-rich soils opposite Troplong Mondot in the commune Saint Christophe des Bardes, the 2019 Tour Saint Christophe offers up demonstrative aromas of cherries, wild berries, sweet loamy soil, licorice and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with an enveloping core of fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins, it's a strong effort in a crowd-pleasing style. - drink 2021-2039
The 2019 Tour Saint Christophe is made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it delivers powerful scents of plum preserves and dried mulberries with touches of chocolate-covered cherries, black olives, and pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate is tight-knit and structured, with a long savory finish.
The Vignobles K are becoming essential wines for sure-fire quality. Plump black cherry and damson fruits, a little upfront with the grilled oak right now that makes things a touch austere, but there is freshness running underneath and it will soften over the next few years. Good quality. Tasted twice. 37hl/ha yield, 40% new oak for ageing.