Chateau Tour Saint Christophe 2016

Chateau Tour Saint Christophe 2016

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In 2012, Peter Kwok purchased Chateau Tour Saint Christophe from the Castel group. This really represents the start of the Chateau Saint Christophe. The vineyards have been around since the 18th century but in Saint Emilion, vineyards are everywhere and have been there for hundreds of years. With the Colonial French influence from his native Vietnam, He found Southwest France the perfect area to diversify his portfolio. Since purchasing the property, he has completely renovated the property including rebuilding the stone terraces. The estate takes its name from the location. It is in the commune of Saint Christophe des Bardes. The Chateau originally had 12 hectares of vineyards but thanks to the purchase of Chateau Tourans in 2015, and additional 8 hectares of vineyards were added to the estate. His daughter Karen operated the winery.

The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Wine Advocate: 94
The 2016 Tour Saint-Christophe, the Saint Emilion estate of Peter Kwok whose eye-catching terraced vineyard looks upon Barde-Haut from the other side of the valley, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 5-23 October and matured in 40% new oak. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries and cassis scents, the new oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet and supple tannin, a little richer than the 2015 and yet still managing to translate the terroir with aplomb. Tasted twice, one bottle showed a little more precision than the other, but I remain confident that this will turn into a Saint Emilion worth investigating.
Vinous: 94
The 2016 Tour Saint Christophe is gorgeous. Exotic, ripe and voluptuous, the 2016 possesses striking aromatics and plenty of presence. Smoke, grilled herbs, inky dark fruit, creme de cassis and leather are beautifully delineated in the glass. This is the first recent vintage I can remember tasting that is not overextracted. There is a real expression of fruit. Suffice it to say, this is a very positive development for the chateau. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 97
This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.