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Chateau Tour Saint-Fort Baron d’Estours Saint-Estephe 2016

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Sommelier's Notes

Located in Laujac, South-East of the village of Saint-Estèphe, the vineyards of Château Tour Saint-Fort belonged to the Lord of Pez and the Calon family in the 18th century.

At the turn of the 19th century, it was known as ‘Maison Cazaux’. Its wines were mainly sold in England and Holland at prices roughly on a par with those of the Fifth Growths. In 1852, it was recognised as a ‘Cru Bourgeois’, but subsequently the vineyards went into gradual decline due to the crises that struck Bordeaux at the end of the 19th century.

At the turn of the 20th century, Mr Pineau gave it its first new lease of life under the name ‘Château Pineau’. He won first prize at the Liège World’s Fair in 1905. In 1908, the chateau was once again featured in the authoritative Féret wine guide, and in 1932, its status as a Cru Bourgeois was confirmed, under the name ‘Cru La Tour Pineau’. At the time, its vineyards covered six hectares of Cabernet-Sauvignon and one hectare of Cabernet gris, Merlot and Malbec.

Most of the buildings of Cru La Tour du Château Pineau were destroyed in the mid-20th century. Only the former winery and a wall of the large agricultural building were left standing.

In 1992, alongside replanting of the vineyards, major renovation work was undertaken, extending the farm and introducing technical facilities. The vineyards at the time comprised the former Cru La Tour du Château Pineau and part of Château Saint-Estèphe.

In 2016, Château Tour Saint-Fort was taken over and substantial investments were lavished on the property. Modernisation of the winemaking facilities provided it with a new vat house and completely redesigned ageing cellar. The changes will allow the estate to perpetuate its history and regain its place alongside its peers.

The sub-soils of Château Tour Saint-Fort’s 14-hectare vineyard are 80% clay over what is referred to as Saint-Estèphe limestone. This is what gives it its distinctive identity and unique features. The remaining 20% are gravelly and clay-gravel soils located in two other parts of the village, near the chateau.

Since 2016, every effort has been made in the vineyard to produce quality fruit whilst showing respect for the environment.

Through blending of the various selections, Château Tour Saint-Fort produces 2 Saint-Estèphe wines:

Château Tour Saint-Fort Baron d’Estours Saint-Estèphe 2016 is a subtle integration of red fruits and finely woody spices. 

On the palate, the wine surprises with its balance. 

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REGION: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Estephe
Region: Bordeaux
Estate: Château Tour Saint-Fort
Did you know?: Château Tour Saint-Fort is located in the prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation area, very near the Gironde estuary and approximately 60km from Bordeaux city centre.
Dark, garnet ruby, slightly evolving. Deep and dense color.
Open with notes of cinnamon. Fine and delicate oak.
Supple attack, round palate, well structured body.
16 C
Red meats, dishes in sauce, duck breast.
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