TourSaintChristophe

The Estate

Vines on narrow terraces

Château Tour Saint Christophe is located in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes at the frontiers of Saint-Émilion. The vineyard is a unique feature in Saint-Emilion, as it is partly planted on narrow terraces where the vineyard is tended in tight rows. This cascading landscape unfolds on the hillside of Cassevert overlooking the Saint Laurent valley.  Château Tour Saint Christophe was acquired by Peter Kwok and his daughter Karen in 2012.

The property overlooks beatiful centuries-old dry stone terraces on a clay-limestone terroir. Peter took great pains to restore the Chateau in order to preserve its rich heritage. The objective was to revive the vineyard terraces with the reconstruction of dry stone walls as it had been built in the 18th century. About 1.5 km of dry-stone terraces have been repaired by hand, a two-year process to preserve the appearance of these unique terraces in Saint-Émilion. The vineyard, with vines of an average age of thirty years, is orientated South-Southwest and benefits from an ideal exposure to sun and perfect natural drainage conditions. It is this secret alchemy which contributes to the quality of our terroir. Today the property consists of 20 hectares on the appellation of Saint Emilion Grand Cru.

The terroir

Château Tour Saint Christophe is located on the Saint Emilion Grand Cru appellation and is at the border between the two villages of Saint-Émilion and Saint Christophe des Bardes. The shape of the property is a unique feature among the vineyards of Saint-Emilion. It is partly planted on narrow terraces where the vineyard is tended in tight rows grouped by five. This micro landscape extends into the slope overlooking the St Laurent valley. The terroir of Château Tour Saint Christophe is clay-limestone: red clay soil, Astéries limestone with carbonated limestone characteristics.

Vinification

Meticulous selection & Vinification Intégrale

Harvest dates vary by vintage and we adapt our harvest plan down to the plot or even to the parcel based on the optimum ripeness of the berries. Our team determine when to harvest through a combination of several physiological and subjective criteria, and even tasting berries by mouth is an important step in the decision-making process. Our team select which parcel block to pick by-hand only the night before.

After a meticulous selection process on the vines and in the winery, the sorted grapes are filled into concrete tanks or directly into Bordeaux barrels (about 25% of the harvest). This follows the method of Vinification Intégrale, particularly well- suited for Chateau Tour Saint Christophe. Our team is always present at the opening and closing of barrels by our cooper partners for better quality control.

Ageing

Our laboratory

In 2015, the cellars were renovated and redesigned to best serve the expression of our terroir. The aim of the renovation focused not only on preserving the best of our berries but also on facilitating our team’s processes. The main winery is fitted with advanced, varietal sized, and thermal-regulated concrete vats. With these vats, our team can separate the different plots of the vineyard and facilitate the pigeage. Two additional cellars have been devised for vinification in barrel and for malolactic fermentation through climate-control systems. It is important to us that our cellar is a laboratory where in-depth analysis can be conducted every year. This allow us to question ourselves continuously, to never have certainties and to measure the impact of different methods.

The vatting process lasts 30 days, operating a gentle extraction with pigeages in tank and stirring in barrel. The juices are tasted daily in order to protect the expression of our fruit. These tastings allow us to determine the day for the running off and pressing of the grape marcs. The resulting juice is placed then in barrels for malolactic fermentation. Château Tour Saint Christophe wines are aged in the same barrels for 15 to 18 months at constant temperature in our underground cellar. Depending on the vintage, the proportion of new oak varies between 30% to 40%, with the balance using 1 and 2 years old barrels.After aging, the wines are bottled at the Château.

Our wines

Château Tour Saint Christophe

Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Sensual bouquet of black cherries and cassis scents. Mediumbodied with sweet and supple tannins, the new oak is neatly integrated. Good intensity, wonderful length and depth with a mouthwatering salinity. The great terroir is purely translated into the wine.

Château Tour Saint Christophe - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe

Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Nice nose of crushed berries. Black cherry, liquorice, elegant on the palate and well balanced. Round wine, good structure with elegant
tannins on a finish with slightly oaky notes. The minerality that is specific to Tour Saint Christophe is well represented here

Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe - Saint Emilion Grand Cru
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